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Chaca burmensis Brown & Ferraris, 1988

Image contributors to this species:

Steven Grant (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

You can differentiate the difference  between Chaca burmensis and Chaca chaca by the number and the size of the cirri along the inner edge of the lower lip, C. chaca has 14+ and tend to be relatively longer and/or thicker. Chaca burmensis usually numbers around 10 or 11 small cirri, and they don’t tend  to have them near the corners of the mouth. There seems to be two forms of this species, Archipelagic and peninsular. Aquarium Care: This catfish does not do a lot apart from sitting very still buried in the substrate waiting for its next meal and then engulfing its prey by opening its very large mouth and basically creates a strong vacuum, whereas the unlucky victim is drawn in to the gaping hole!. It is a very hardy aquarium fish that will do very well on a sand/leaf substrate where it can bury itself with just its head showing and also a landscape of rocks and caves. It is not your average community tank fish so I would choose my tankmates carefully for fear of them getting eaten as they will consume fish half their size. Probably any species of the African Synodontis would do fine and for the upper layers you would do better with larger shoaling fish such as Congo tetras, or larger barbs i.e. Tinfoil Barbs. This would pre-empt a larger tank to house the larger barbs or characins. If you can make the space, a better idea would be a species tank with 3 to 4 individuals, as they seem to coincide peacefully with one another. Diet: A feeding of earthworms and other meaty foods such as feeder fish like young Tilapia sp. They are said also to take tablet food when fully acclimatized.

Common Name:







Asia: Myanmar


15cm. (6ins)


24-28°c (75-83°f )




Grant; Steven, Article no. 90, www.scotcat.com, The Chaca's
ScotCat Factsheet no. 77. Nov.2002.



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