Teleostei (teleosts) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Pimelodidae
Etymology: Brachyplatystoma: Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Castelnau.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins and major rivers of French Guiana.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 73.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 192 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36506)
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lundberg, J.G. and M.W. Littmann, 2003. Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered catfishes). p. 432-446. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 36506)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00405 - 0.01239), b=3.12 (2.97 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.5 ±0.80 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (45 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 59.1 [23.4, 127.3] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.35 [0.70, 2.69] mg/100g ; Protein = 17.6 [16.3, 19.1] % ; Omega3 = 0.234 [0.093, 0.570] g/100g ; Selenium = 99.9 [40.4, 227.8] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 18.6 [6.3, 56.4] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.833 [0.553, 1.242] mg/100g (wet weight);