Even although this species is termed, along with other
members of this family, as parasitic catfishes it
is well behaved in the aquarium but is seldom seen
until feeding time. Provide caves/pipes for this species.
Diet: They will sometimes feed in
daylight hours but to make sure they are getting adequately
fed, you should add some food after lights out. They
will eat bloodworm, tubifex, and earthworms chopped
into small pieces (Grant, S. 2003). Remarks:
It is not known whether this species feeds on the
flesh or the blood of the living animals that it parasitises.
It possesses opercule hooks that allows it to cling
onto and then burry tunnels into its prey’s
flesh (De Pínna and Wosiacki, 2003).
Pygidium metae, Trichomycterus
South America:Rio Meta. Type locality:
Evers, H.-G. &
Baensch Catfish Atlas Volume 1, 1st English edn.,
2005. Pp.944. de Pínna, M.C.C. and W. Wosiacki,
2003. Trichomycteridae (pencil or parasitic catfishes).
p. 270-290. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J.
Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes
of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS,
Brasil Grant, Steven.
ScotCat Factsheet no. 201. March 2013.