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Centromochlus macracanthus Soares-Porto, 2000

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Stuart Brown (1)

ScotCat Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 5; Anal soft rays: 7; Vertebrae: 37. First nuchal plate absent; the supraoccipital bone sutured to the 2nd nuchal plate. First dorsal fin spine elongated, 28-35% SL. Coracoid process covered with skin, not visible externally. Aquarium Care: Keeping this rare 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. 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. Breeding: They leave their eggs in a gelatinous mass under stones or bogwood. As of this family the male will fertilise the female internally.

Common Name:







Brazil; Upper Negro River basin. Type locality: Brazil: Amazonas: São Pedro, Rio Negro.


7.0cm (2¾ins)


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