Pseudoplatystoma punctifer

Scientific name Pseudoplatystoma punctifer
Descriptor Castelnau
Year of description 1855
IUCN category NE
Family Pimelodidae
Genus Pseudoplatystoma
Pseudoplatystoma punctifer Pseudoplatystoma punctifer


Pseudoplatystoma punctifer is a fresh water fish from the Amérique du Sud.

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Who is it?


  • Type
  • Average size
    110 cm
  • Maximum size
    120 cm
  • Longevity
    18 year
  • Pattern
  • Type
  • Average size
    110 cm
  • Maximum size
    120 cm
  • Longevity
    18 year
  • Pattern

How to recognize Pseudoplatystoma punctifer ?

This fish has the particularity to possess several pairs of barbels, which allow him to search the bottom and to detect the food thus moved.

Pseudoplatystoma punctifer measures between 110 and 120 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly argent, noir and gris body. The also has noir tasks.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Pseudoplatystoma punctifer hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

Pseudoplatystoma punctifer is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

Although Pseudoplatystoma punctifer is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu

Pseudoplatystoma punctifer is a fish dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 26 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6.2 - 7.2
  • gh (hardness)
    10 - 20
  • Flow
    Medium and Slow

Biotope presentation

Pseudoplatystoma punctifer is most often found at a depth between 0m and 5m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths. This animal evolves in areas characterized by a strong presence of vegetation (aquatic and marsh plants, decaying organic matter, roots...).

This species lives near large roots, in which it can find refuge in case of danger. This type of habitat is often found not far from the banks.

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Bibliographic references

Biologie de Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum et P. tigrinum (Teleostei: Pimelodidae) dans le bassin du Mamoré (Amazonie Bolivienne) - Gérard Loubens - Jacques Panfili - Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters - 2000.

Taxonomy of the catfish genus Pseudoplatystoma Bleeker (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae) with recognition of eight species - Brooks M. Burr - URIEL ANGEL BUITRAGO–SUÁREZ - ZOOTAXA - 2007.

Geographical genetics of Pseudoplatystoma punctifer (Castelnau, 1855) (Siluriformes, Pimelodidae) in the Amazon Basin - M.P.C. Telles - R.G. Collevatti - R.S. Braga - L.B.S. Guedes - T.G. Castro - M.C. Costa - N.J. Silva-Júnior - R.B. Barthem - J.A.F. Diniz-Filho - Genetics and Molecular Research - 2014.

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