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Agamyxis pectinifrons  (Cope, 1870)

Image contributors to this species:

Jonas Hansel (2) Chris Ralph (3) Beta Mahatvaraj (2) Joost Schuitemaker (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3) Allan James (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

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Relevant Information:

D 1/5; A 1/11; P1/5. Dorsal spine toothed on both anterior and posterior surfaces.  Spinous scutes confined to the posterior half of the body. 3 pairs of barbels. Caudal shape, truncate. Colour: Dark brown to blue-black, with numerous pale blotches/spots on the head and body. Underside somewhat paler, similarly marked. Fins dark, with pale stripes and spots which may run together to form transverse bars. Old individuals are almost uniformly dark brown with white blotches on the belly. Remarks: Good community catfish although very nocturnal. May eat very small fish or fry on night time forages.

Common Name:

Spotted Talking Catfish


Doras pectinifrons, Doras flavopictus


Doradidae blycipitidae


South America: Amazon River basin: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru. Type locality: Pebas, Ecuador, now Peru.


14cm. (5½ins)


20-26°C (67-79°F)




ScotCat Factsheet no. 105. March 2005



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