(1) Mark Henry Sabaj (3) Yann
Fulliquet (2) Allan James
typical inhabitant of black or clear waters, usually
in forest streams with moderate to swift current flow
over firm sand or gravel bottoms. Lives hidden under
plants, litter or plant debris. Can easily be mistaken
as a piece of dead wood when it rests on its side,
motionless on the bottom. Often swims on one side
in undulating movements. Nocturnal. Aquarium
Care: Peaceful with conspecifics and other
tank mates if they are not too small to be eaten.
Tank should have plenty of hiding places and plants
as they will hide in them during the day. Prefers
slow water currents in the aquarium. Diet:
Feeds mainly on terrestrial insects, particularly
ants. In the aquaria, small live foods such as insect
larvae and small worms. May take flake and tablet
foods just before turning the tank lights off. Remarks:
A very wide spread species in South America.
Dwarf Wood Cat
Atlantic drainages of Guianas, upper Orinoco and Negro
systems and upper Amazon River basin. Madre de Dios
region, Peru. Type locality: Essequibo
22-26°c (71-79°f )
Baensch, H.A. and R.
Riehl 1991 Aquarien
atlas. Bd. 3. Melle: Mergus, Verlag für Natur-
und Heimtierkunde, Germany. 1104 p. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (01/2010).