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Steindachneridion parahybae (Steindachner, 1877)

Image contributors to this species:

Carla Natacha Marcolino Polaz (2) Guilherme Souza (1)

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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 existance 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 arch. Remarks: 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.

Common Name:



Platystoma parahybae




Brazil: Paraíba do Sul and Jequitinhonha river basins. Type Locality: Rio Parahyba bei Juiz de Fora; Rio Jequitin-honha, Brazil.


100cm. (3ft 4ins)


22-27°C (71-81°F)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2011.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version.
Honji, Renato M., Tolussi, Carlos E., Mello, Paulo H., Caneppele, Danilo and Moreira , Renata G. Embryonic development and larval stages of Steindachneridion parahybae (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae) - implications for the conservation and rearing of this endangered Neotropical species. Neotropical Ichthyology, 10(2): 313-327, 2012.
Garavello, Julio Cesar., Revision of genus Steindachneridion (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae). Neotropical Ichthyology, 3(4):607-623, 2005.



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