occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations
Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Global Range: Native to South America, from Venezuela and Guianas to Argentina (Fuller et al. 1999). Has been collected in Florida but is not known to be established there (Robins et al. 1991).
Habitat Type: Freshwater
Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.
Diseases and Parasites
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Platydoras costatus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
Platydoras costatus, the Raphael catfish, is a species of thorny catfish of the genus Platydoras widespread throughout northern South America down to Argentina. Although long thought to be the striped raphael catfish, this is not the case; the striped raphael catfish is actually Platydoras armatulus. This species grows to a length of 24.0 centimetres (9.4 in) SL. This fish is a minor component of local fisheries and is also found in the aquarium trade.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Platydoras costatus" in FishBase. December 2011 version.
- Piorski, Nivaldo M.; Garavello, Julio C.; Arce H., Mariangeles; Pérez, Mark H. Sabaj (2008). "Platydoras brachylecis, a new species of thorny catfish (Siluriformes: Doradidae) from northeastern Brazil". Neotropical Ichthyology 6 (3): 481–494. doi:10.1590/S1679-62252008000300021.
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