Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
5; Anal soft rays: 9 - 10; Vertebrae: 32 - 33. The
following unique characters separate this species
from all other species of Tatia: postcleithral
process well developed, reaching almost to a vertical
through the dorsal-fin origin; orbital diameter 37.0-42.9%
HL; and snout length 23.1-28.9% HL . Can be further
distinguished by the following features: narrow elliptical
cranial fontanel; ribs 7; nasal ossified with wide
medial flanges partially sutured to lateral margin
of mesethmoid; Colouration: Variable,
sides of body usually dark with light, rounded spots
or dots, or sometimes uniformly pale brown; toothed
prevomer in examined large adult specimens. Aquarium
Care: Give them small pipes, as they do seem
to like to hide in the crevices of bogwood as well.
They appear to be happier if they can jam themselves
in with the use of their pectoral fins. Community
tanks are fine for this species although you may find
that they will predate on fry from other species,
but apart from that they come well recommended but
don't expect to see them too often. Diet:
In its native habitat they feed on small invertebrates
and crustaceans and in the aquarium they will eat
anything given such as frozen bloodworm inserted in
to their hideaway, catfish tablets, white worm (sparingly)
and prawns and shrimp. They do like their food and
you can see them shooting out of their hideouts and
swimming in a frenzied manner to try and take all
for themselves, especially when you feed them their
favourite food, frozen bloodworm. Another food that
they love is Fish Farm pellets but you have to watch
the water quality with this food as it can quickly
foul the water, so feed sparingly. Remarks:
T. galaxias is quite a rare find in imports
as you will be probably looking at T.
as this species is often sold as T. galaxias.
Mees (1974) described T. galaxias on
the basis of its diagnostic colour pattern of small
white spots evenly spaced over a dark body. Mees,
(1974: 88) considered its colouration reminiscent
of that of T. intermedia, except in T.
galaxias the body is darker, the spots smaller,
and the tail dark with white spots (vs. pale with
dark spots and cross-bars in T. intermedia).
Soth America:Middle Orinoco River basin. Type
locality: Caño de Quiribana into Río
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