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Brachyplatystoma tigrinum  (Britski, 1981)

Image contributors to this species:

Chris Ralph (4) Nishant Kikani (5) Steve Pritchard (1) Allan James (1) Enrico Richter (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

Brachyplatystoma tigrinum is quite closely related to Brachyplatystoma juruense , but has a longer upper jaw, and the first rays of the dorsal and pectoral fins are described as being flexible and not pungent. Both of these catfish share a similar colour pattern of inclined stripes on the body, although it has to be said that Brachyplatystoma tigrinum is the more striking of the two fish. Brachyplatystoma juruense is quite often referred to as the "False Tigrinus". The colour pattern is outstanding with a yellow to almost white base colour to the body with black stripes. Most of the fins share this same colour pattern of that of the body of this catfish.

Common Name:

Tiger-striped catfish, Zebra Shovelnose


Merodontotus tigrinus




South America: Amazon River basin


Up to and over 60cm (24inch)


22 -26°C (71 -79°F)


6.5 -7.5.


ScotCat Factsheet no.70. April 2002.



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