Dourado—Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii—Castelnau, 1855
The dourado or gilded catfish is an open-water predator. Highly desired as a food fish, it is pursued and harvested by netters in the main-stem of the Amazon River.
|Bars and Markings||Colors||Size||Key Characters||Similar Species|
|Dark bands dorsally.||Golden yellow in color.||Adults: Known to reach over 1.5 meters and over 100 pounds.||Deeply Forked tail
Golden color short barbels
|Known Range||Behavior Notes||Habitat||Common Names||IGFA records|
|Countries: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, French Guiana, Ecuador, Venezuela.
River Basins: Amazon, Orinoco and French Guiana river drainages
|Known to spawn when current flow is at a minimum||Found in Amazon basin locations with medium to strong current flow.||English: Gilded catfish
|85 lb. 8 oz.
Amazon river 1986