This species is monotypic.
Description: The eyes are small situated
on the top of the head and has a disk shaped head.
The dorsal and caudal fins possess a long filament
to the first ray. Aquarium Care:
Not a species for the novice fishkeeper as they are
notoriously slow to acclimatize to aquarium conditions.
A large spacious tank is recommended with a good filtration
system in place. Once they are settled they will appear
in the open in the twilight hours. Sand is recommended
for the bottom as they do like to dig themselves into
the substrate. Diet: Mosquito larvae,
tablet and frozen foods.
Spoon Face Whiptail
Ucayali, Purus, and Mamoré River basins, Upper
Amazon drainage. Type locality: Peru:
Río Ucayali near Pucallpa.
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.,