Barba—Chata Pinirampus pirinampu—Spix & Agassiz 1847
Another of the Amazon's sporting mid-size catfish, the barba-chata is a strong adversary and can reach over 15 pounds in weight. The name means flat-whiskered catfish in English, and the long, ribbon-like barbels attest to the accuracy of the name.
|Bars and Markings||Colors||Size||Key Characters||Similar Species|
|Occasional, irregular black or dark markings ventrally, otherwise fairly uniform coloration.||Body silvery above. Abdomen white.||Adults: Said to exceed one meter in length and reach 18 pounds||Long, flat whiskers|
|Known Range||Behavior Notes||Habitat||Common Names||IGFA records|
|Countries: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Venezuela.
River Basins: Amazon, Orinoco, Essequibo and Parana drainages.
|Said to be migratory within freshwater systems.||Primarily occupies lotic (moving water) environments in highlands river systems.||English: Flatwhiskered catfish
|16 pounds 15 oz. Rio Xingu 2001|
In highlands rivers, often caught while targeting jundia.