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Tatia musaica Royero, 1992

Image contributors to this species:

Flair Wang (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory Catalog of Fishes

Relevant Information:

Listed in Soares et al, 2008 and some other publications as Centromochlus musaica, but the former as incertae sedis (of uncertain placement and signifies a taxonomic group difficult to place in the larger taxonomic scheme). Fishbase and Catalog of Fishes follows Ferraris, C.J. Jr. 2003 & 2007 and places it in the Tatia genus as Tatia musaica. Sometimes also named as Tatia musaicus. Aquarium care: Whatever the placement of this small driftwood cat it would probably be best kept in the same conditions as Centromochlus perugiae and would need a planted tank with the lighting not too bright. Diet: Feeding of frozen bloodworm which they will come out of hiding to feed on, catfish tablets, daphnia, white worm (sparingly) and any other small worm-like foods. Remarks: there is a species which is very much like T. musaica from Lago Balbina, north east of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil and is known in the hobby as Tatia sp. "Ninja". The main differences is that T. musaica does not have a white spot/blotch underneath the dorsal fin and has a different pattern on the caudal fin from this species. They may turn out to be distant populations of the same species but only time and scientific study will unravel this question. Tatia. sp. "Ninja" seems to be more common in the hobby.

Common Name:







South America: Atabapo and Autana River basins in upper Orinoco River drainage, Venezuela/Colombia. Type locality: Río Atuana, Caño Cabeza de Manteco, approximadamente a 12 kms debajo del raudel Pereza, en el pidemonte del tepui Autana, Territorio Federal, Amazonas, Venezuela, 4º47'N, 67º23'W.


5.0cm. (2ins)


22-25°c (71-77°f.)




Sarmento-Soares, Luisa Maria; Martins-Pinheiro, Ronaldo Fernando A systematic revision of  Tatia (Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae: Centromochlinae) Neotropical Ichthyology, 6(3):495- 542, 2008.
ScotCat Factsheet no. 60. June 2001.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Grant, S., 2015. Four new subgenera of Centromochlus Kner, 1858 with comments on the boundaries of some related genera (Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae: Centromochlinae). Ichthyofile No 3. pp, 1-16.



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