shovelnose catfish

variants: or less commonly shovel-nosed catfish

Definition of shovelnose catfish

: a chiefly nocturnal, South American catfish (Sorubim lima of the family Pimelodidae) that is sometimes kept in tropical aquariums and may reach a length of 16 to 20 inches (41 to 51 centimeters) in length but is usually smaller in captivity

called also duckbill catfish

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First Known Use of shovelnose catfish

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Shovelnose catfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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