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The Surubin

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One of the largest freshwater fish in Brazil, along with the pirarucu, the surubim can weigh up to one hundred kilos and reach more than three meters in total length. Its meat, with a delicate flavor and without bones, is highly appreciated.
Also known as painted, for having a brownish body full of black spots, the surubim (Pseudoplatystoma coruscans) is a leather fish of the pimelodidae family, the same as the jaús and jundiás. It occurs in the Prata, São Francisco and Amazonas basins, where it frequents the bottom of rivers and is common in lagoons. When new, it does not yet have the characteristic stains and its overall color is yellowish. With marked nocturnal habits, the surubim is carnivorous: it feeds on small fish, crustaceans and worms. Spawning from December to February. Loango, brindle catfish and casserole are some of the other regional names it receives.
The name surubim also applies to two other species of pimelodidae: the surubim-lima (Sorubim lima), forty centimeters long, which occurs in several states, from Amazonas to Rio Grande do Sul; and the whip surubim (Goslinea platynema), somewhat larger, common in Goiás, Mato Grosso and Amazonas.

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