Pseudoplatystoma punctifer

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Spotted tiger shovelnose Catfish
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Pimelodidae
Genus: Pseudoplatystoma
P. punctifer
Binomial name
Pseudoplatystoma punctifer
(Castelnau, 1855)[1]
  • Platystoma punctifer
  • Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum punctifer
  • Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum intermedium
  • Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum brevifile
  • Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum nigricans

Pseudoplatystoma punctifer or spotted tiger shovelnose catfish[2] is a species of long-whiskered catfish native to the Amazon basin, in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.[3] It is a commercially farmed species, and it is difficult to harvest as it appears to be highly selective with its diet[4] and exhibits cannibalistic behaviors. Other behaviors and developmental patterns vary based on both diet as well as parental behaviors that influence the organisms development from the Larval stage.[5]

This species reaches a maximum of 140 cm (55 in) in total length; 37–40 vertebrae.[3]


  1. ^ Castelnau, Francis L. (1855) "Poissons". In: Animaux Nouveaux or Rares Recueillis Pendant l’Expédition dans les Parties Centrales de l’Amérique du Sud de Rio de Janeiro a Lima, et de Lima au Para; Exécutée par ordre du Gouvernment Français Pendant les Années 1843 a 1847, Part 7, Zoology 2, i–xii + 1–112, 50 pls.
  2. ^ PlanetCatfish. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Buitrago–Suárez, Uriel Angel and Brooks M. Burr (2007) "Taxonomy of the catfish genus Pseudoplatystoma Bleeker (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae) with recognition of eight species"; Zootaxa 1512: 1-38 (21-24).
  4. ^ Castro-Ruiz, Diana; Andree, Karl B.; Magris, Julian; Fernández-Méndez, Christian; García-Dávila, Carmen; Gisbert, Enric; Darias, Maria J. (December 2022). "DHA-enrichment of live and compound feeds influences the incidence of cannibalism, digestive function, and growth in the neotropical catfish Pseudoplatystoma punctifer (Castelnau, 1855) during early life stages". Aquaculture. 561: 738667. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2022.738667. S2CID 251203454.
  5. ^ Núñez, Jesús; Castro, Diana; Fernández, Christian; Dugué, Rémi; Chu-Koo, Fred; Duponchelle, Fabrice; García, Carmen; Renno, Jean-François (May 2011). "Hatching rate and larval growth variations in Pseudoplatystoma punctifer : maternal and paternal effects: Parental effects on larval growth in P. punctifer". Aquaculture Research. 42 (6): 764–775. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2011.02803.x.