The export of this large species
is very rare as they have not been caught in any great
numbers. It is classed as endangered in its natural
habitat. The main threats to its existence are the
construction of dams, riparian habitat destruction,
water pollution and fishing. Description:
Pectoral, adipose and pelvic fins small sized; pelvic
fin short, never reaching anus; color pattern combining
dark brown lines with large dark brown dots on dorsum
of head and trunk; 15-17 gill-rakers on first branchial
The first specimen is a juvenile captured in Pirassununga,
São Paulo State, Brazil in 2010. The second
specimen was photographed by the image contributor
in CESP Aquaculture Station, Paraibuna, São
Paulo State in 2009.
Paraíba do Sul and Jequitinhonha river basins.
Type Locality: Rio Parahyba bei Juiz
de Fora; Rio Jequitin-honha, Brazil.
100.0cm. (3ft 4ins)
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of genus Steindachneridion (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae).
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