(1) Birger Kamprath (2) Mitsuhiro
Broad head with mouth and
lip barbels. Aquarium Care: Requires
a large aquarium witha big surface area. Diet:
algae wafers, sinking tablet and frozen foods such
as bloodworm and shrimp. Sexual Differences:
Mature males will develop their lower lips to allow
them to carry their eggs (abdomino-lip brooders).
The very large eggs are incubated by the male. Prefers
a sand substrate as they like to dig.
Giant Whiptail Catfish
Uruguay, Paraná and Paraguay River basins.
Type locality: Paraguay.
30cm. SL (12ins)
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.