The main differences between
the close species of Tatia and Centromochlus
is the slender body, long pungent pectoral spines
and the distinct caudal peduncle of the latter. This
species appears distributed throughout the Rumununi
and has recently been collected near Manaus. It is
unlikely to be threatened by fishing due to its nocturnal
activity cycle, and there are no other threats apparent.
Aquarium Care: As of the Tatia
species you can give them small pipes, and they do
seem to like to hide in the crevices of bogwood as
well. They appear to be happier if this small species
can jam themselves in with the use of their pectoral
fins. Community tanks are fine for this species 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. Remarks:
This species is still named in some online sources
South America:Rupununi River basin, Guyana. Type
locality: Karanambo, Rupununi, British Guiana.
1989 An atlas of freshwater and marine catfishes.
A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications,
Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey (USA). 784 p. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.