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Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum

Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum
Barred Shovelnose Catfish
Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum or Barred Sorubim is a species of South American Catfish native to Paraguay, the Rio Lebrijo in Venezuela, and the Rio Negro in Peru. The nocturnal predator feeds mainly on other fish and crabs. Females reach a more notable size. They become sexually mature at 56 cm, males at 45 cm. Fecundity is estimated at 8 million eggs per kg.
This catfish has an elongated body and a long snout. Its mouth is large and looks like a duck-bill. Three pair of long barbels extend from it. This fish is slender and its body coloring ranges greatly depending on the individuals habitat and age. Its coloration usually ranges between silver and brown while its belly is usually white to silver. Black spots and stripes are arranged in irregular patterns on the fish body and fins. The eyes are relatively small.