Similar to Pseudoplatystoma
fasciatum but Pseudoplatystoma
tigrinum has more of a striped body pattern
and P. fasciatum has the stripes more
in the shape of a Y. As with P.fasciatuum
this is an out and out predator. 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.
has been 5 new species described by Buitrago-Suárez,
U.A. and B.M. Burr in 2007, to go alongside P.
fasciatum and P.
corruscans. These species are
P. punctifer (Castelnau), P.
reticulatumEigenmann & Eigenmann,
P. orinocoensen, P.
metaense, and P.
far P. punctifer is the only species that
has not been accepted in some publications in print
and on the internet.Two species (P. punctifer?and
P. tigrinum) are sympatric in the Amazon Basin, two
(P. metaenseand P. orinocoense)
are sympatric in the Orinoco Basin, and two others,
P. corruscans and P. reticulatum,
are sympatric in the Paraná. Pseudoplatystoma
magdaleniatum and P. fasciatum each
occur as the only species of Pseudoplatystoma
in their respective individual ranges.
Tiger shovelnose catfish
Amazon and Orinoco River basins. Type locality:
probablement originaire du Brésil.
120cm. (3ft 8ins)
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. ScotCat Factsheet No. 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.