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Pterobunocephalus dolichurus (Delsman, 1941)

Image contributors to this species:

Ian Fuller (1) Peru Aquarium Group (1) Yann Fulliquet (6) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1) Haakon Haagensen (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory  Wikipedia

Relevant Information:

Pterobunocephalus is genus of small to medium sized aspredinid species. Members of this genus are distinguished from all other aspredinids by the following characters, having an extremely depressed (flattened) head and body, having the head ornamentation highly reduced or absent, often having a distinct notch in the upper jaw, and having 10–20 anal fin rays. Females of this genus carry embryos directly attached to the ventral surface of their bodies, which also distinguishes them from all other aspredinids.

Common Name:

Ghost Banjo Catfish


Petacara dolichura, Petacara dolichurus, Bunocephalus dolichurus




South America: Amazon River basin of Brazil and Peru. Type locality: Trombetas-river, near Obidos, Brazil.


6.5cm. (2½ins)


25-28°c (77-83°f.)


6.0 -8.0.


Friel, John Patrick (1994-12-13) (PDF). A Phylogenetic Study of the Neotropical Banjo Catfishes (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Aspredinidae).
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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