The Barred Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum) is a large freshwater fish in the Pimelodidae family of long-whiskered catfish. It is also called the Barred Sorubim. It is related to the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish.
The Barred Catfish is dark-grey with black loop-like stripes and spots. Its head is depressed with a wide mouth and long whiskers, called barbels. Its eyes and teeth are small.
It grows to about 60 centimetres (24 inches) long.
It is native to the Suriname, Corantijn, and Essequibo in South America. It prefers freshwater rivers, channels, lakes, and flooded forests.
The Barred Catfish is migratory. At the end of the dry season, it migrates to wetter areas.
It is nocturnal, active at night. It is piscivorous, because it feeds mainly on fish. It also eats crabs.
A young catfish is dark-coloured with a white underbelly, and has spots without the stripes.
[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM