Was known until recently (2011) as Doras punctatus
until a new paper by Birindelli, JLO and MH Sabaj
Pérez (2011) asigned a new genera, Ossancora
to this species. Ossancora was proposed to
include three previously named species O.
fimbriataplus one new species in O. asterophysa.
The four species are distinguished from each other
by the branching on the maxillary and mandibular barbels,
the morphologies of the swimbladder and bony plates
in front of the dorsal fin, and the number of teeth
on the upper and lower jaws. Can sometimes be seen,
and sold as Opsodoras
has a longer snout and lacks the body spots and also
grows larger. It has been misidentified, especially
in the mid 1980s in the hobby when catfish were just
beginning to get a fan base in the U. K. Aquarium
Care: Very peaceful addition to a community
aquarium. This is another doradid that prefers safety
in numbers assuming that you can purchase them. Recommended
that you keep at least 4 specimens together. Good
water quality is required. Diet:
Finely shredded shrimp and bloodworm.
Feather Barbels Catfish
Amazon River and Paraná-Paraguay River drainages.
Birindelli, JLO and
MH Sabaj Pérez (2011)
Ossancora, new genus of thorny catfish (Teleostei:
Siluriformes: Doradidae) with description of one new
species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences
of Philadelphia 161, pp. 117–152. Conservación
de Guías Tropicales De Campo. Pecos del medio
Amazonas Región de Leticia. 546 p.
Sabaj, M.H. and C.J.
Ferraris, Jr. 2003
Doradidae (Thorny catfishes). p. 456-469. In: R.E.
Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.)
Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central
America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. Sands, David;
Back to Nature Guide
to Catfishes. 1996. p. 60-61. 128 p.
Family Doradidae or "Talking Catfishes"