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Sorubim lima (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Image contributors to this species:

Bernie Molnar (2) Daniel Blom (2) Chris Ralph (2) Peru Aquarium Group (1) Wolfgang Ros (2) Enrico Richter (1) Julio Endler (1) Devya Hemraj (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

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Relevant Information:

This species along with Sorubim elongatus are the two most seen species in this genus. There are another three that are that bit rarer, S. trigonocephalus, S. 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 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.

Common Name:

Lima Shovel-Nosed Catfish, Duckbill catfish


Platystoma lima, Silurus lima, Sorubim infraoculare, Platystoma luceri, Sorubim latirostris, S.luceri,




South America: The widest-ranging species, occurring in most of the major drainage basins of South America.


45cm. (18ins)


23-30°C (73-87°F)


6.5 -7.5.


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.
ScotCat Factsheet no. 57. March 2001.



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