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Cephalosilurus fowleri Haseman, 1911

Image contributors to this species:

amiidae (2) Wolfgang Ros (4) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3)

ScotCat Sources:

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Relevant Information:

As with most of this family this species is very much a predator. Four species have been described to the genus Cephalosilurus resident in South America. Three of them have been introduced for keeping in the aquarium, C. apurensis, C. nigricaudus and C. fowleri. From their form they are only little differences from each other. Their trademark is the big head with the little eyes and short barbles but with an almost head wide mouth. They are sluggish animals which hardly move and only lie waiting for prey. C. fowleri is to be found exclusively in the Rio São Francisco of Brazil and there mainly in the more calm flowing river sections.

Common Name:

Rusty Jelly Cat


Pseudopimelodus fowleri




South America: São Francisco River basin


40cm. (16ins)


23-27°C (73-81°F)




ScotCat Article: Better than its reputation, Cephalosilurus fowleri. 



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