trachycorystes (Valenciennes, 1840)
contributors to this species:
James (2) amiidae
Jensen's Photographic Library
So good they named it twice! well I don't think so as this is
one of the most aggressive catfish around in the hobby and definitely
not suited to your average community tank, although It is certainly
very striking looking in its all-black livery. There is another
type which has a more brown body colouration and may turn out
to be a separate species. Not to be trusted when growing into
adulthood as it will quickly kill any smaller inhabitants of the
tank. May be able to keep with large Cichlids but basically a
fish to keep on its own. Sexual Differences:
Adult males possess a thickening of their anal fins akin to the
anal fins of the males of the Goodiae family of livebearers. The
females genital pore is enlarged and recessed into her abdomen.
Diet: A predator but will
accept worm foods, frozen shrimp and bloodworm, chunks of frozen
fish, tablet and pellet foods.
Amazon River basin, Essequibo River basin, Guyana, and
Orinoco River basin, Venezuela. Type locality:
no. 156. June 2009.