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Pinirampus pirinampu (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)

Image contributors to this species:

Nishant Kikani (3) Enrico Richter (2) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1) Julio Endler (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

There are conflicting views on the adult size of this species from 50 to 120cm but whatever view you take this is a large and predatory catfish that would need to be housed with larger tank mates. Aquarium Care: Needs a large tank over 4'0 in length as juvenile and maybe larger as it grows into adulthood. It is territorial towards conspecifics and similar fishes. Provide hiding places with a large filtration capacity capable of handling the high nitrogenous waste that it will produce. Diet: live foods, earthworms, tablet, frozen and pellet foods. This is a catfish for the experienced large predatory catfish keeper and not for beginners.

Common Name:

Flatwhiskered catfish


Pimelodus pirinampu, Pimelodus insignis, Galeichthys araguayensis, Platynematichthys araguayensis, Pinirampus typus, Pinirampus agassizii




South America: Amazon, Essequibo, Orinoco, and Paraná basins. Type locality: Brasiliae fluviis.


100cm. (3ft 4ins)


22-28°C (71 -83°F)




Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1991 Aquarien atlas. Bd. 3. Melle: Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde, Germany. 1104 p.
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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