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Bunocephalus colombianus Eigenmann, 1912

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's  Photographic Library (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  ACSI


Relevant Information:

Aquarium Care: The Banjo Cat is a rugged looking individual with its lumps and bumps and can not be classed as pretty in the sense of the word, but has a charm all of its own in the catfish world. Its head is very broad and flat with very small eyes, 3 pairs of barbels with the maxillary's reaching to about a third of the length of the strong serrated pectoral spine. A sand substrate is best where they can bury themselves for the best part of the daylight hours and only appear at night where they can be seen scurrying across the bottom looking for food. They can propel themselves through the water by taking water into their mouths and then propelling it out of their gills thus causing a burst of speed across the substrate. Diet: Adults when settled in their tank are not fussy feeders and can be fed a healthy diet of worm foods such as frozen bloodworm and tubifex and also tablet food at lights out.

Common Name:

Banjo Cat






South America: Atrato and Magdalena River basins also Cauca, San Jorge, Sinu and Patía basins, Colombia. Type locality: Raspadura, Colombia.


11.5cm. (4½ins)


22-26°c (70-79°f.)


6.0 -8.0.


Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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