Pimelodus pictus Steindachner, 1876
Pictus cat
photo by Landines, M.

Family:  Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered catfishes)
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6 - 8; dH range: 5 - 19
Distribution:  South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Biology:  Aquarium keeping: not recommended for home aquariums; minimum aquarium size 120 cm (Ref. 51539). Average life span in captivity is said to be 4-8 yrs (https://aquaticmag.com/freshwater/fish/pictus-catfish-information/). In one case, this catfish lasted 18 yrs (1999-2017) in an aquarium (Roel Hurkens , Pers. Comm.).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 16.05.95
Modified by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 11.10.17
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 17.05.95

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