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Sturisoma festivum  Myers, 1942

Image contributors to this species:

Tobias Koch (7) 

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

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Relevant Information:

This species and S. aureum are very much alike and the care is the same for both species. Aquarium Care: Large planted aquarium with non aggressive tank mates. Regular water changes must be adhered to, to keep this animal in good health. Sexual Differences: Mature males  will grow odontodes along the sides of the head and rostrum (snout). Diet: Mostly vegetarian with cucumber, spinach, and algae wafers. Meaty foods such as frozen blood worms and live foods such as white worms and brine shrimp can be fed  sporadically. Breeding: As per this genus will lay eggs usually on the tank walls and the male will guard and fan the eggs. The eggs will hatch between 7 to 9 days and the youngsters will eat Artemia, minced lettuce and mashed peas. The males tend to have longer extensions to the fins.

Common Name:





Loricariidae ycipitidae


South America: Lake Maracaibo basin. Type locality: Río Monay, 35 km north of Trujillo, Motatan system,
Maracaibo basin, Venezuela.


18cm.SL (7ins)


24-28°c (75-83°f.)




Evers, H.-G. & I.Seidel: Mergus, Baensch Catfish Atlas Volume 1, 1st English edn., 2005. Pp.944.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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