Pictus Catfish

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Scientific Name Pimelodus pictus
Common Names Pictus Catfish

Type Locality Rio Hyavary, Peru-Brazil border.
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Size 110mm
Identification Two colour forms appear for sale. The first, Peruvian, variety has large ''dalmatian'' style spots all over its body with smaller spots around the head. The other, Colombian, variety (which reportedly grows larger) has many more spots that are smaller, less clearly defined and almost pin-prick size on the fish's head. This differentiation should only be used when comparing fish of a similar size as both patterns change with age.
Sexing Unknown.
General Remarks Pimelodus pictus have small hooks on the dorsal and pectoral fins that are notorious for getting stuck in nets. It's best to use a plastic container to catch the fish, rather than a net.
Down Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 5.8 - 6.8
Temperature 22.0-25.0°C