SCIENTIFIC NAME / FAMILY / GENDER
Duck Catfish, Slopehead Catfish
It is found in the Orinoco River (Colombia and Venezuela), and in Venezuela it also inhabits the Caura, Cinaruco rivers, in the Serrapio rapids, in the Casiquiare and Parguaza. In Brazil they are found in the upper Rio Negro.
Color: IEasily recognized by the black and white pattern, although the pattern itself can differ a lot. Wild caught specimen show some yellow on their body and fins, which disappears after some time in an aquarium. In contradiction to most other Auchenipterids, this species may be very active during the day.
Size: 17 cm
Like all Auchenipterids, males have a genital papilla. Moreover, sexually active males get an enlarged and slightly curved dorsal spine and thickened barbels, that are used to clasp the female. After the breeding season, the dorsal spine and the barbels grow back to their normal sizes.
IDEAL CONDITIONS WATER HABITAT
||6.0 – 7.5
||24 ° – 27 ° C
ETHOLOGY OF FISH
Predatory toward fish small enough to be eaten but otherwise peaceful