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Pimelabditus moli Parisi & Lundberg, 2009

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Karsten Schönherr (3)

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Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6; Anal soft rays: 8; Vertebrae: 46 - 47. Distinguished with the following three apomorphic anatomical complexes: 1.) mouth ventral and transverse, supported by reoriented, much expanded premaxillae and foreshortened mandibles; premaxillae and dentaries densely covered with robust, needle-like teeth arranged in a steeply-descending, antero-posterior size series. 2.) lateral margins of orbit and otic region elevated with textured ridges developed from the frontal, sphenotic and pterotic bones surrounding the supraorbital, otic and postotic lateralis sensory canals. 3.) Interorbital septum severely compressed as thin, apparently median, bony sheet. Among Pimelodidae, it shares apomorphic features, placing it near the diverse Calophysus-Pimelodus clade and is closely related to Pimelodus ornatus. Aquarium Care: Provide hiding places for this 'pim' and you will be able to see it on the odd occasions when food is introduced. Peaceful species but not to be trusted with small fish such as tetras as they will pick them of at night on their forays so they must be kept with species larger or compatible with it such as barbs, gouramis, cichlids and other South American catfish. Diet: Most aquarium fare such as tablet, flake, worm and frozen foods. Remarks: Collected from large rivers with swift but not strong currents with bedrock to boulder-strewn substrates. This species is monotypic.

Common Name:







South America: upper Maroni River basin in French Guiana and Suriname.


14.0cm. (5½ins)


24-25°C (75-77°F)




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (12/2018).
Parisi, B.M. and J.S. Lundberg,
2009. Pimelabditus moli, a new genus and new species of pimelodid catfish (Teleostei: Siluriformes) from the Maroni River basin of northeastern South America. Notulae Naturae (Philadelphia) 480:1-11.
Mol, H.A. Jan, The Freshwater Fishes of Suriname. BRILL, Leiden Boston, 2012. 889 p.



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