Species group: Catfish
Other common names: Tiger Shovelnose Catfish; Red Tail Catfish; Barred Sorubim
Scientific name: Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum
The Tiger Shovel Nose Catfish is native to deep water rivers in northern and eastern South America. It is a voracious opportunistic, nocturnal predator which feeds mainly on other fish and crabs. In the wild it can reach 5 feet in length and is an important food fish. In captivity they may reach 3 feet.
The Tiger Shovel Nose Catfish comes in a great variety of spots and stripes, but in general has vertical black stripes on its back.
The Tiger Shovel Nose Catfish is a carnivore and eats smaller fish, freshwater crabs, shrimp and small mammals. Because of its size and temperament, Phseudoplatystoma faciatium is uncommonly kept in home aquariums, and requires a tank of at least 220 gallons (832 liters) in size.