This species of Farlowella
has a long broad rostrum with a reticulated pattern
above and a circular pattern on the ventral side.
Aquarium Care: Not an easy catfish to keep
as there have been many unexplained deaths attributed
to this species (and other Farlowella) and
as such would need dedicated care from an experienced
catfish keeper who has worked with this species or
its close cousins from the easier kept Sturisoma
genera. As this is a very timid species, if housed
with other inhabitants you would be better keeping
away from boisterous fish such as some of the Barb
species (such as tigers) and definitely Cichlids.
Better companions would be the unobtrusive Corydoras
species and small Characins or Rasboras. Needs a high
oxygen content in the aquarium with regular water
changes to keep the water in pristine condition.
Prefers a dark substrate with a dense vegetation,
floating and long leaved plants where they will hang
on to. Reproduction: Eggs are placed
at the aquarium glass or on a leaf and cared for by
the male, which can be recognised by it's nose odontodes. Diet:
They are mostly vegetarian with algae being their
number one source of food for adults and young fry
so the above mentioned foods along with vegetable
laden tablets should suffice. Remarks:
In Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes Farlowella
platorynchus is now being stated as a synonym
Crosshair twig catfish
Upper and lower Amazon River basin. Type locality:
Peru, Ucayali Department, Pucallpa, Yari-nachocha,
Río Ucayali drainage, 8º23'S, 74º32'W.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Evers, H.-G. & I.Seidel: Mergus,
Baensch Catfish Atlas Volume 1, 1st English edn.,
2005. Pp.944. www.