The Banjo Cat is a rugged
looking individual with its lumps and bumps and can
not be classed as pretty in the sense of the word,
but has a charm all of its own in the catfish world.
Its head is very broad and flat with very small eyes,
3 pairs of barbels with the maxillary's reaching to
about a third of the length of the strong serrated
pectoral spine. Aquarium Care: A
sand substrate is best where they can bury themselves
for the best part of the daylight hours and only appear
at night where they can be seen scurrying across the
bottom looking for food. They can propel themselves
through the water by taking water into their mouths
and then propelling it out of their gills thus causing
a burst of speed across the substrate. Diet:
Adults when settled in their tank are not fussy feeders
and can be fed a healthy diet of worm foods such as
frozen bloodworm and tubifex and also tablet food
at lights out.
Atrato and Magdalena River basins also Cauca, San
Jorge, Sinu and Patía basins, Colombia.
Type locality: Raspadura, Colombia.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.