The common name of this species derives from the long snout, which may be upturned at the tip and thus look very similar to the snout possessed by many Acipenser (sturgeon) species. Another notable feature of the species is the extremely long maxillary barbels, which can extend beyond the tip of the caudal fin.
Many pimelodid catfish are solitary by nature. They are predatory and grow to a large size, demanding an extensive area in which to hunt. However, a number of smaller species, including the Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus) shown here, will associate in groups and can be kept together more easily in the home aquarium.