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Wood catfish 6"

RM 48.00

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Scientific NameTrachelyopterus fisheri
Common Name(s)Fisher's Woodcat
Type LocalityColombia, Sucio River
Synonym(s)Parauchenipterus fisheri, Trachycorystes fisheri
Size280mm or 11"
IdentificationThis is by far the most slender of all Trachelyopterus species. Another feature that gives its identity away is the terminal mouth, whereas other Trachelyopterus species have a slightly superior mouth (see also General notes).
SexingMales have a genital papilla, thickened maxillary barbels, spawning tubercles on the barbels and on top of the head and a curved, enlarged dorsal spine which can be moved up and forward. Also their nape is bent upwards, as can be seen in Tetranematichthys and Ageneiosus spp. Females grow larger and display a plainer colour pattern.
General RemarksIn terms of general captive behaviour, this species doesn't resemble its congeners, but is more easily compared to the larger Auchenipterichthys and smaller ageneiosids. It's a very gentle species that glides through the water and never displays the hastiness which is so typical for other members of its genus. Moreover, the nape and the enlarged dorsal spine make it look more like an Ageneiosus or a Tetranematichthys.
DistributionColombia, Sucio River
Colombia Caribbean Rivers, Atrato, Sucio
pH6.0 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-32.0°C or 71.6-89.6°F
Other ParametersGenerally undemanding.
FeedingThis species is not shy and can regularly be seen during the day, especially when being fed. All prepared and frozen foods are taken. Like all Auchenipterids - being surface feeders - they are particularly fond of insects and their larvae.
FurnitureLarge pieces of driftwood as hiding places. See to it that there is also plenty of swimming space. The aquarium shouldn't be too brightly lit.
CompatibilityDespite their size these fish are very gentle, social and peaceful. Smaller fish may however be eaten, due to the fact that they rest at nights while the fisheris are on the move.
Suggested TankmatesNon-agressive fish and fishes that aren't too small.
BreedingHas been recorded (see Reference notes below). Like other Auchenipterids these fish have internal fertilization. The bodies are wrapped around each other and to stay in position the male uses its barbels, dorsal spine and spawning tubercles. The actual mating lasts for about 30 seconds or less. Four weeks later the female lays her eggs. The parents will neither look after their eggs, nor eat them.