Leopard Catfish (Perrunichthys perruno)

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Leopard Catfish

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Leopard Catfish

Perrunichthys perruno

568 Litres (150 US G.)

50-60 cm (19.7-23.6")




6 - 7.5

23.9-25.6°C (75 -78 °F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-10 years



Additional names

Leopard Catfish, Perruno Catfish

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually sex. Mature females may be thicker set in appearance than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A very large growing fish that will eat anything that fits in its very large mouth. Best kept with similar-sized fish in very large aquaria, such as Oxydoras niger and large Characins or South American Cichlids.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Can be mistaken for Leiarius marmoratus which is more common than this fish. The fish are identical in terms of colouration although P. perruno has 8 (1 hard and 7 soft) dorsal fin rays, Leiarius has 10 or 11.
The Perruno is a chunky catfish with a broad head and large mouth with three sets of barbels. It is brown in colour with large darker spots.

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