over mud in streams and lakes. Forms schools. Feeds
on detritus, chironomid and ephemeropteran larvae,
and crustaceans. Known from temperatures ranging from
24-29.8 °C, pH range of 5-9, and an alkalinity
range of 42-142. One of the main characteristics of
the doradids is the presence of thorn like projections
along the side of the body, which are known as scutes.
These scutes are very sharp, so care should be taken
when moving these fish. A real “Tank buster”
if ever there was one. Aquarium Care:
Quite a character obviously suited to large accommodation
especially if keeping a number of fish together. Peaceful
towards other fish and members of its own kind with
doradids such as Agamyxis pectinifrons (Spotted
Dora), Platydoras costatus (Striped Dora),
Oscars and any other fish of a compatible size. Large
pieces of bogwood and clean plastic drainpipe of suitable
diameter for them to hide under. Ideally heater guards
should be provided in order for the fish not to burn
Mother of Snails Catfish, Ripsaw
Catfish & Black Doradid
Amazon region, Peru, Brazil, Rio Purus, Rio Sao Francisco.
In excess of 90cm (36ins)
no. 114. Dec. 2005. Sabaj, M.H. and C.J.
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. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (04/2009).