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Luciopimelodus pati (Valenciennes, 1836)

Image contributors to this species:

Allan James (6) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2) Liam Irons-Mclean (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

This is a large riverine species that resides alone in this genera and is found in rivers, mostly in turbid and deep waters with moderate current. Carnivorous. Frequently caught on line in the lower reaches of the rivers. Aquarium care: Needs cooler temperatures and is really too large for your average aquarium. Best to be kept alone in a very large unheated tank by aquarists who are knowledgeable in keeping large catfish.

Common Name:



Pimelodus pati 




South America: La Plata and Blanco River basins. Type locality: Not stated (Corrientes, Argentina)


95cm. (38ins)


18 -24°C (63-75°F)


6.5 -7.2.


Burgess, W.E. 1989 An atlas of freshwater and marine catfishes. A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey (USA). 784 p.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (12/2010).
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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