(1) Melaine Riddell (1)
Steven Pritchard (2) Allan James
(2) Mark Sabaj Perez (1)
This species andSturisomatichthys
very much alike and the care is the same for both
species. The work carried out by Covain et.al. 2015
confines the Sturisoma genera to west of
the Andes (trans-Andean), and the Sturisomatichthys
genera restricted to the east of the Andes (cis-Andean).
Aquarium Care: Large planted aquarium
with non aggressive tank mates. Regular water changes
must be adhered to, to keep this animal in good health.
Sexual Differences: Mature males
will grow odontodes along the sides of the head
and rostrum (snout). Diet: Mostly
vegetarian with cucumber, spinach, and algae wafers.
Meaty foods such as frozen blood worms and live foods
such as white worms and brine shrimp can be fed sporadically.
Reproduction: As per this genus will
lay eggs usually on the tank walls and the male will
guard and fan the eggs. The eggs will hatch between
7 to 9 days and the youngsters will eat Artemia,
minced lettuce and mashed peas. Sexual Differences:
The males tend to have longer extensions to the fins.
Still listed on some online sources as S. aureum.
Magdalena, San Jorge and Cesar River basins. Type
locality: Bodega central, Rio Magdalena,
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Covain, R., S. Fisch-Muller, C. Oliveira,
J.H. Mol, J.I. Montoya-Burgos and S. Dray,
2015. Molecular phylogeny of the highly diversified
catfish subfamily Loricariinae (Siluriformes, Loricariidae)
reveals incongruences with morphological classification.
Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 94:492-517. Grant, S. Whiptail Catfish on the
Move. Practical Fishkeeping (UK) May 2016. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2017. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 10/2017 ). www.loricariinae.com