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).
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. 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). The males tend to
have longer extensions to the fins. 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. Remarks:
Still found in some online sources as S. festivum.
Lake Maracaibo basin. Type locality:
Río Monay, 35 km north of Trujillo, Motatan
system, Maracaibo basin, Venezuela.
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.
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edn., 2005. Pp.944. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
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