The genus Auchenipterus
is closely related to and is similar to, Epapterus
from all species except A.
the presence of a broad, black band that obliquely
crosses the middle of the upper lobe of the caudal
fin. Aquarium Care: Good community
catfish with normal sized patrons but not to be trusted
with small Tetras for instance, which will be picked
of at night on its twilight patrols. Diet:
Can be fed most aquarium fare such as good quality
flake, white worm, tablet and pellet foods and frozen
foods such as bloodworm. Better to feed at lights
out until they get accustomed to the daytime feeding
regime when they may very well join in. Remarks:
This species will not be seen too often in the hobby.
South America:Western portions of the Amazon River basin
including the Rio Ucayali and Rio Napo, and the upper
portion of the Rio Madeira in Bolivia. Type
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 1999. The South
American catfish genus Auchenipterus Valenciennes,
1840 (Ostariophysi: Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae)
: monopoly and relationships, with a revisionary study.
Zoological Journal. Vol. 126, Part 4, 1999.