Head and body dark above, with a narrow but pale band
across the neck reaching from pectoral to chest and
another pale band on the caudal peduncle. It has a
more or less distinctive pale band crossing the body
behind the dorsal fin. Little pigmented pectoral fins,
completely dark adipose fin with a narrow band and
white at its origin. This description fits well to
juvenile specimens, but not to adults as shown in
the respective photographs. It lives in the deep wells
of the rivers and they are carnivores. Aquarium
Care: Predatory in the aquarium towards fish
that are smaller. Provide plenty of hiding places
to hide during the day and best kept in a small group
of 2-3. Very secretive in its surroundings.
Diet: No problem with eating all types of
aquarium fare, flake, tablets, pellets, live and frozen
Venezuela and Colombia, Catatumbo River basin in Lake
Maracaibo drainage. Type locality:
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2016. FishBase.World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 10/2016 ).
Shibatta, O.A., 2003. Pseudopimelodidae
(Bumblebee catfishes, dwarf marbled catfishes). p.
401-405. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris,
Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South
and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil.