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Bunocephalus verrucosus (Bloch, 1794)

Image contributors to this species:

Klaus Dreymann (4) Chris Ralph (2) Yann Fulliquet (1) Allan James (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  ACSI

Relevant Information:

Aquarium Care: Very peaceful species which will do well in a quite community tank where the tank mates are non-aggressive. Does not bury itself in the substrate as much as other species of this family. Provide a sand substrate and a planted dark area to make them feel more secure in their surroundings. Better to feed at lights out or in a dimly lit tank so they can get their share of any foodstuffs. Diet: Live and frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, tubifex and small crustacea. Tablet foods and sunken flake that lies on the bottom is also taken.

Common Name:

Craggyhead Banjo Cat


Silurus verrucosus, Platystacus verrucosus, Bunocephalichthys verrucosus verrucosus, B.gronovii,  B.verrucosus scabriceps, Aspredo gronovii, Aspredo verrucosa, Bunocephalus gronovii, B.scabriceps, Agmus scabriceps, Agmus lyriformis




South America: Rivers of the Guianas and throughout the Amazon River basin.


10cm. (4ins)


23-26°c (72-78°f.)


5.8 -7.6.


Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1991 Aquarien atlas. Bd. 3. Melle: Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde, Germany. 1104 p.
ScotCat Factsheet no. 190. April 2012



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