Re: NANFA-- fish size trivia question

Pete Liptrot (
Mon, 22 Apr 2002 19:40:26 +0100

> When I first looked into this, I suspected pimelodids right off the bat.
> Brachyplatystoma filamentosum get to 2.8 m (or more). But I couldn't be
> that I had determined the smallest pimelodid. The smallest I could find in
> my (scant) neotropical fish library was Microglanis poecilus at 3.2 cm.
> species are smaller?
Well, you have Horiomyzon retropinnatus which according to the paper I have
is known up to 23mm in length (didn't think it even reached that big to be
Barthem and Goulding mention B. filamentosum at 2.8m in their 1997 work, but
I have elswhere seen reference to one just in excess of three metres.
Typically though I've lent most of my books out and so can't place the
reference right now.
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