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Centromochlus altae Fowler, 1945

 Image contributors to this species:

Mark Sabaj Pérez (1) Erlend D Bertelsen (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus  

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

It remains still unclear whether C. altae represents a distinct species or just a variety of Centromochlus perugiae. Mees (1974) assigned this species to Tatia but Ferraris (2007) reverted it back to the original genera of Centromochlus and as such its taxonomic status is still in use today. Aquarium Care: Keeping this species is not too much of a problem as long as the water is kept clean and not too alkaline with a p.H.of between 6.5 and 7.0. They do like a planted aquarium where they like to hide during the day. They also make a good show fish if showing your fish at shows is your forte, as they usually deport well in a show tank. Diet: In its native habitat they feed on insects, mostly ants, beetles, and mayflies and in the aquarium they will eat anything given such as frozen bloodworm which they will come out of hiding to feed on, catfish tablets, daphnia, white worm (sparingly) and any other worm-like foods.

Common Name:



Tatia altae




South America: Rio Caquetá basin, Colombia. Type locality: Morelia, Río Caquetá basin, Colombia


3.5cm (1½ins)


26-28°c (79-83°f.)




Sarmento-Soares, Luisa Maria; Martins-Pinheiro, Ronaldo Fernando A systematic revision of Tatia (Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae: Centromochlinae) Neotropical Ichthyology, 6(3):495-542, 2008
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2003. Auchenipteridae (Driftwood catfishes). p. 470-482. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil.



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