Brachyplatystoma juruense

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Brachyplatystoma juruense
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Pimelodidae
Genus: Brachyplatystoma
B. juruense
Binomial name
Brachyplatystoma juruense
(Boulenger, 1898)

Brachyplatystoma juruense, the zebra catfish, is a species of catfish of the family Pimelodidae that is native to Amazon and Orinoco River basin of Peri and Rio Juruá, northwestern Brazil.[1][2]

It grows to a length of 60.0 cm.[1] The fish inhabits larger, deeper river channels with a sandy substrate with some large chunks of driftwood.[3]

Adult have broad dark vertical, oblique or branching bands. Ventrum is pale yellowish. Caudal fin blotched or barred. The juvenile form is sometimes confused with B. tigrinum.[3]

It is entirely piscivorous preying on loricariids and other bottom-dwelling fish.[3]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2020). "Brachyplatystoma juruense" in FishBase. June 2020 version.
  2. ^ "Cat-eLog - Pimelodidae - Brachyplatystoma juruense". Planet Catfish. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  3. ^ a b c "Brachyplatystoma juruense (BOULENGER, 1898) - Gold Zebra Catfish". Seriously Fish. Retrieved 2020-06-02.