There are 6 species mostly
from Guyana in this poorly known genera.
Aquarium Care: House in aquaria (24ins/60cm
or over) with alternate sand and gravel substrate.
Provide planted area. Keep in a species tank or with
Corydoras and larger Characins or Anabantoides
in the top half as they can be predatory with small
species such as Neon Tetras. Description:
The caudal fin is forked, with the lobes short and
equal. Diet: Tablet and pellet foods.
Frozen and live foods such as bloodworm. Insect larvae.
Not a fussy eater. Remarks: The dorsal
and pectoral fins have well developed pungent spines
so you would need to be careful handling this species.
Essequibo River basin, Guyana. Type Locality:
Crab Falls, British Guiana.
6.0cm. TL (2½ins)
Bockmann, F.A. and
2003. Heptapteridae (Heptapterids). p. 406-431. In
R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.)
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America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2018. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
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of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Burgess, W.E., 1989. An atlas of
freshwater and marine catfishes. A preliminary survey
of the Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune
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