Dorsal fin, short based with a spine and six rays.
Pectoral fin with a spine and 13 rays. Anal fin has
14 rays. The adipose fin is moderately long but well
separated from the dorsal and caudal fin. The caudal
fin is forked with the upper lobe longer and more
pointed than the lower lobe. Aquarium Care:
Very much a catfish for the larger aquarium to be
kept by the more serious catfish keeper. As with most
species in this genera it will be predatory so would
need to be kept with fish that are not too small although
this species would be better to be kept on its own
as other fish will be seen as prey. A large tank would
be needed no smaller than 2 metres (6ft) long and
a depth of 70cm (28ins) with powerful filtration,
to give it plenty of swimming space. Diet:
Earthworms, fish fillets, frozen foods such as whole
and unbroken smelts, shrimp or mussel meat. Tablet
and pellet foods will also be taken.
Cenepa River basin, Amazon River drainage, Peru. Type
locality: Peru, Departamento Amazonas, Río
Cenepa, 1.6 km west of Huampami and near Peruvian
military camp Chavez Valdivia, about 210 m elev.,
Approx. 4º28'S, 78º10'W.
1989 An atlas of freshwater and marine catfishes.
A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications,
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of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. ScotCat Article: Ros, Wolfgang;
wiry, and striking: The predator catfish Aguarunichthys