Pseudoplatystoma magdaleniatum Buitrago-Suárez & Burr, 2007
Pseudoplatystoma magdaleniatum
photo by Alvarez, F. / GIUA

Family:  Pimelodidae (Long-whiskered catfishes)
Max. size:  100 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  South America: Magdalena River drainage, including Cauca River in Colombia.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 43-43. Can be diagnosed by a combination of the following characters: rays on dorsal and ventral lobes of caudal fin with fused branches or not separated as in other species of Pseudoplatystoma; wide straight, dark vertical bars on sides; absence of loops on nape and associated areas; dorsal and ventral regions of pectoral fin pale with no spots; dorsal fin with few or no spots (sometimes 5 spots); 43 vertebrae; adipose fin with 6-7 large spots; areas surrounding the procurrent rays of dorsal fin without spots; posterior region of the metapterygoid wider than in other species, forming a depression or notch in the dorsal margin of the suspensorium (Ref. 59362).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 10 October 2014 (A2d) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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