Pseudoplatystoma is a genus of several South American catfish species of family Pimelodidae. The species are known by a number of different common names. They typically inhabit major rivers where they prefer the main channels and tend to stay at maximum depth, but some species can also be seen in lakes, flooded forests, and other freshwater habitats. They have robust bodies, and are important food fish.

Classification / Names



Size / Weight / Age
Smallest 524mm, largest 1140mm, average 882mm, most commonly 1050mm. All SL. There are 13 "species" in the database



Inhabits a vatiety of biotopes, from large rivers and lakes to areas of flooded forest. Supposedly it’s often found in more sluggish habitats than many large Pimelodids.


Climate / Range



Has a very wide natural range. Confirmed populations exist in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina. Occurences in Paraguay and Uruguay are apparently unconfirmed.




Capt Marc will take his groups during the prime fishing season and not just to fill a week, we have prime weeks reserved for the most possible productive trips to the Amazon, contact us for full details and dates. Trips fill up fast and early.

River Monsters

in the Rio Negro River

White Tiger

The barred sorubim or tiger catfish can reach upwards of 4 feet in length and weigh 100 pounds (20 is more the average).  Like piraiba and the pirarara, tigers are often caught on cut fish like piranha.

Sorubim lima is widely distributed throughout most of South America east of the Andes mountain range, including the Amazon, Orinoco, Paraná and Parnaíba river drainages. It is syntopic with S. elongatus in the Orinoco basin and with S. elongatus and S. maniradii in the upper Amazon drainage of Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.

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