Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
6; Anal soft rays: 9 - 12; Vertebrae: 30. Distinguished
from M. parahybae and M. cibelae by the longer head
(29.3-33.8% SL, versus 23.2-27.6 and 25.6-31.1 respectively)
and wide body (28.5-33.9% SL versus 23.8-27.7 and
25.4-29.8, respectively). The smaller mouth width
distinguish this species from M. eurystoma. Aquarium
Care: Microglanis cottoides is one
of twenty six, small to medium sized pims, found in
this family, and as such is a good addition to the
medium sized community tank, and will not harm the
occupants unless they are small enough to fit into
its mouth such as newly born fry and young fish. If
you keep livebearers such as Guppies and Platies in
with them you will very rarely be overrun with fry
as this Bumblebee Catfish will promptly finish them
off on its night time prowls. Hiding places such as
rockwork, plants and or wood will benefit this species
and help, along with regular water changes, to keep
this it happy in its surroundings. Diet:
Can be fed a varied diet of tablet food, pellets,
worm foods and frozen food such as bloodworm.
Laguna dos Patos and rio Uruguay drainages in Brazil.
Type Locality: Rio Camaquã,
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
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, ( 06/2016 ).
Malabarba, L.R. and
J.K.F. Mahler Jr.,
1998. Review of the genus Microglanis in the rio Uruguay
and coastal drainages of southern Brazil (Ostariophysi:
Pimelodidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 9(3):243-254.