Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum

Scientific name Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum
Descriptor Valenciennes
Year of description 1840
IUCN category NE
Family Pimelodidae
Genus Pseudoplatystoma
Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum


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

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Who is it?


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

How to recognize Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum ?

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 tigrinum measures between 100 and 110 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly argent, noir and beige body. The also has noir mottling.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

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


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 tigrinum is most often found at a depth between 0m and 8m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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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.

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