The genus Auchenipterus
is closely related to and is similar to, Epapterus
from all species except A.
the following combination of characters: anal fin
origin posterior to the middle of the body; and caudal
fin without terminal band, but with a chevron-shaped
dark mask near base of each lobe. Aquarium
Care: Good community catfish with normal
sized patrons but not to be trusted with small Tetras
for instance, which will be picked of at night on
its twilight patrols. Diet: Can be
fed most aquarium fare such as good quality flake,
white worm, tablet and pellet foods and frozen foods
such as bloodworm. Better to feed at lights out until
they get accustomed to the daytime feeding regime
when they may very well join in. Remarks:
This species will not be seen too often in the hobby.
Can be kept in lower temperatures due to its southern
South America:La Plata River basin. Known only from the
Rio de La Plata drainage. In the Rio Paraná,
the species has been recorded above the junction of
the Rio Paraguay. Type locality:Paraguay.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 1999. The South
American catfish genus Auchenipterus Valenciennes,
1840 (Ostariophysi: Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae)
: monopoly and relationships, with a revisionary study.
Zoological Journal. Vol. 126, Part 4, 1999. ScotCat
219. Sept. 2014.