Is said to become attached
to the gills, anal region and fins of dead, dying,
or disabled fishes. Not recommended for the home aquaria.
Diet: Difficult to feed with aquarium made
foods as this is a species that feeds of fish, scales
and body mucus so certainly
a catfish for the specialist. Remarks:
The sub-family Stegophilinae
have sucking mouths with which they can hang on to
the bodies of other fishes. DoNascimiento, C. (2015):
has placed Parastegophilus in the synonymy
South America: Amazon River basin, Brazil and Peru. Type
locality: Upper Amazon River, Peru.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
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publication. www.fishbase.org, version (02/2006). Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. DoNascimiento, C. (2015): Morphological
evidence for the monophyly of the subfamily of parasitic
catfishes Stegophilinae (Siluriformes, Trichomycteridae)
and phylogenetic diagnoses of its genera.
Copeia 103 (4): 933–960.