Did you know that Tigers stalked the waters of the Amazon basin? No, not the type of tigers you’re thinking of… I’m referring to the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum)! These robust fish are known for their distinct tiger-like markings and oddly shaped faces – they look almost like horses, don’t they?
Tiger Shovelnose Catfish are migratory fish, basing their movements around the flooding that occurs in the Amazon River. At the end of the dry season, P. tigrinum can migrate at the same time as its prey, and then return at the end of the rainy season. They’re nocturnal hunters, much like the classic Tiger. Stripes and nighttime fish stalking… how fun!