This genus has been in confusion for a good number
of years now especially with another close member
of the Pimelodidae family, Pimelodus. These
notes are the following distinguishing characteristics
from the two genus. Pimelodella: Adipose
fin long, low with a curved margin. The humeral
process is long and spiky. Body usually plain with
a dark lateral stripe; rather depressed body. Pimelodus:
Adipose fin short, high, with a straight or sloping
margin. Humeral process broad, triangular. Body
variously patterned, usually quite deep, like Synodontis.
Aquarium Care: Treat as you would
do with any member of the Pimelodus in that they will
be predatory on small fishes in the aquarium and it
is also better to keep them in small groups rather
than singularly, as this will dilute the aggression.
Diet: Will eat any aquarium prepared
foods such as tablets, pellets, frozen and live foods.
Not fussy eaters.
Orinoco, Amazon and La Plata basins.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.