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


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

Tank compatibility[edit]

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.


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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