This species along with Sorubim
the two most seen species in this genus. There are
another three that are that bit rarer, S. trigonocephalus,
cuspicaudus and S. maniradii.
Aquarium Care: Anything large enough
will fit into its mouth so you should choose tankmates
carefully. Large Cichlids or Plecos would be good
companions or larger Characins, but they will also
co-exist with one another, so 2 or 3 individuals brought
together as juveniles in a larger tank (min. 7ft x
2ft x 2ft) would also be a good choice. Diet:
In the aquarium it is important to try and wean them
of live food so as not too make them too dependent
on it and also not forgetting the disease factor as
well. They will take a variety of larger foods such
as earthworms, frozen bloodworms, tablet and pellet
food. You can try prawns and also frozen fish pieces
such as lancefish etc.
The widest-ranging species, occurring in most of the
major drainage basins of South America.
Littmann, M. W.
Systematic review of the neotropical shovelnose catfish
genus Sorubim Cuvier (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae) Zootaxa
1422: 1-29 (8 Mar. 2007) 14 plates; 42 references.
57. March 2001.