Now found in Thailand, Asia,
where this large South American Pim has now been introduced
to large ponds and fishing lakes for sport fishing
along with other similar sized members of the Pimelodidae
family such as Pseudoplatystoma
planiceps and the Red Tail
has been 5 new species described by Buitrago-Suárez,
U.A. and B.M. Burr in 2007, to go alongside P.
tigrinum, P. fasciatum and
P. corruscans. These species are P. punctifer
reticulatum Eigenmann & Eigenmann,
P. orinocoensen, P.
metaense, and P.
magdaleniatum. So far P.
punctifer is the only species that has not been
accepted in some publications in print and on the
internet.Two species (P. punctifer
?and P. tigrinum) are sympatric in the Amazon
Basin, two (P. metaense and P. orinocoense)
are sympatric in the Orinoco Basin, and two others,
P. corruscans and P. reticulatum,
are sympatric in the Paraná. Pseudoplatystoma
magdaleniatum and P. fasciatum each
occur as the only species of Pseudoplatystoma
in their respective individual ranges.
Sao Francisco and Paraná River basins. Type
locality: In flumine S. Francisci, Brazil.
150cm. (5ft 4ins)
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Buitrago-Suárez, U.A. and B.M. Burr,
2007. Taxonomy of the catfish genus Pseudoplatystoma
Bleeker (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae) with recognition
of eight species. Zootaxa 1512:1-38.