This species is common in the Guayas River drainage.Can inhabit small burrows along stream banks
and shallow rocky or riffle areas of small streams
(Glodek, 1978). Description: Microglanis
variegatus differs from other species by the
following characters: small size (under 60 mm as adults),
broad flat head, eye without free orbital margin,
premaxillary tooth band without a posterior projecting
angle, strong spines present in dorsal and pectoral
fins, barbels short, not reaching dorsal fin origin,
adipose fin present as a low keel that is much longer
than anal-fin base (Glodek, 1978). Aquarium
Care:Microglanis variegatus 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.
This species is one of the smallest in the genera.
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
Forest pool near Vinces, Ecuador. Type Locality:
Near Vinces, Ecuador.
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