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Brachyplatystoma juruense (Boulenger, 1898)

Image contributors to this species:

Nishant Kikani (2) Daniel Blom (4) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3) Enrico Richter (2) Liam Irons-Mclean (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Found in deep rivererine waters and is very much a predator in its environment and also the home aquarium. Aquarium Care: Needs a large aquarium with tankmates of the same size or larger with low lighting as you will be able to view this catfish during daylight hours. Diet: Fishes, crustacea. In the aquarium you can feed beef heart (sparingly) pieces of fish, frozen sardines and of course live fishes.

Common Name:

Zebra catfish


Platystoma juruense, Ginesia cunaguaro




South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basin. Type locality: Rio Jurua, an affluent of the Amazons, Brazil.


60cm. (24ins)


22 -27°C (71 -81°F)


6.0 -7.2.


Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1995 Aquarien Atlas. Band 4. Mergus Verlag GmbH, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde, Melle, Germany. 864 p.



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