Similar looking to Dianema
D. longibarbus has much larger eyes. Aquarium
Care: This is a peaceful midwater to bottom
swimmer that will do better if kept in a group of
at least 4 as individuals on their own tend to sulk
and never seem to progress too well. Try to resist
placing them in an aquarium with aggressive species
such as some Cichlids, they will do better with the
usual community type fish and of course along with
Corydoras sp. Diet: Omnivorous,
taking most foods but preferring live and frozen such
as daphnia, worms, white and grindal, and bloodworms.
Will also accept good quality flake and tablet foods.
Remarks: Hoplosternum punctatum
is only found in the Río Atrato basin in Colombia
and in the Pacific coastal drainages of Panamá,
in southern Central America. Key to species:
Interopercle covered by skin, not visible externally;
caudal peduncle shallower (14.3-17.2% of standard
length in specimens larger that 55.0 mm SL).
Pacific coastal drainages of Panama and Atrato River
basin, Colombia. Type locality: Rio
Marte Arnade, 6 miles east of Panama City, Panama.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Reis, Roberto E. 1996. Hoplosternum
Gill 1858. Version 29 April 1996.