Similar to Pseudoplatystoma
this species has a striped pattern and P. fasciatum
has the stripes more in the shape of a Y. The first
specimen pictured here, was taken in The Port Doree
Public Aquarium in Paris, France. The 5,6,7,8 &
9th images were taken in Thailand, Asia, where this
Pim has now been introduced to large ponds and fishing
lakes for sport fishing. Aquarium Care:
Its tank should have a shaded area at the back such
as a large branch and plants to hide under as it is
nocturnal, and also the lighting should not be too
bright. Should not be kept with any fish that is smaller
than itself and it also should be housed in a very
large tank. The best companions would probably be
large Pacu's or similar sized fish that would not
be swallowed. In my opinion this wonderful looking
Pim should only be kept in Public Aquariums as
it can damage its large nose if kept in too confined
an area, it can get jumpy too if feels its barbels
on the tank sides as it turns around. It can also
go of its food as well, if it is anyway disturbed.
Diet: In their natural habitat they
eat other fish such as characins and other catfish,
they also eat freshwater crabs. In the aquarium a
diet of earthworms, freshwater fish such as trout
and also shrimp and prawns. You should only feed when
it starts looking actively for it, as they will rest
for a few days after feeding to digest their food.
In some quarters the synonym, P. punctifer,
is classed as a species in its own right. This species
and P. tigrinum are supposedly sympatric
in the Amazon Basin. There has been 5 new species
described by Buitrago-Suárez, U.A. and B.M.
Burr in 2007, to go alongside P. tigrinum,
P. fasciatum and P.
corruscans. These species are P.
punctifer (Castelnau), P.
reticulatum Eigenmann & Eigenmann,
P. orinocoensen, P.
metaense, and P.
magdaleniatum. So far P.
punctifer is the only species that has not been
accepted in some publications in print and on the
Amazon, Corantijn, Essequibo, Orinoco, and Paraná
River basins (Lundberg & Littmann, 2003); Magdalena
River basin. Type Locality: Brasilia,
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. ScotCat
36. June 1999 Buitrago-Suárez, U.A. and B.M. Burr,
2007. Taxonomy of the catfish genus Pseudoplatystoma
Bleeker (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae) with recognition
of eight species. Zootaxa 1512:1-38.