planiceps (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)
contributors to this species:
Sobotkiewicz (1) Nishant
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a specimen that was caught on rod and line in a lake in California,
USA by the image contributor, which points to a contaminant
that had been released from a home aquarium. The last image
is of a specimen that has been introduced to fishing lakes in
Thailand, Asia. This may prove to be a hybrid crossed with another
large South American pim. The common name of Firewood Catfish
stems from the fact that when it is caught it has no food value
and so it is dried for firewood instead. Mainly nocturnal and
feeds primarily on nekton (actively swimming aquatic organisms
in a body of water ). Aquarium Care: Will do
well as a juvenile in captivity but would need a large tank to
accommodate this catfish when nearing adulthood. Can be spooked
easily and can jump out of the tank if a strong weighted lid is
not fitted. Would need hiding places in the aquarium to make it
feel secure in its surroundings. If housed with other fish they
would need to be chosen carefully due to the predatory instincts
of this catfish. Really a catfish for the dedicated enthusiast.
Diet: Large frozen and live foods leaning towards
the meaty side.
jandia, S. pirauáca, Platystoma planiceps, P.spatula. Sorubimichthys
spatula, S.ortoni, Pteroglanis manni
Amazon and Orinoco River basins. Type locality:
Brazil: in fluminae Amazonum, Solimoëns, Rio Negro.
( 5ft )
1989 An atlas of freshwater and marine catfishes. A preliminary
survey of the Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune
City, New Jersey (USA). 784 p.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes,
recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue
of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.