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Pictus catfish

(Pimelodus pictus)


Category: Fish



The pictus catfish is native to the Amazon and Orinoco River Basins of South America and are commonly kept aquarium fish. Like other members of the Pimelodidae, pictus catfish have extremely long barbels to help them sense their surroundings and find food. They have sharp, mildly venomous spines on their dorsal and caudal fins, so caution must be used when handing them.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Siluriformes
Family - Pimelodidae
Genus - Pimelodus
Species - P. pictus

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