|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Cephalosilurus apurensis (Mees, 1978)|
|Common Name(s)||Apure Jelly Catfish, Orange Catfish|
|Type Locality||Río Arichuna, near San Pedro, Rincón hondo, Apure, Venezuela.|
|Pronunciation||ah poor en siss|
|Etymology||Specifically named for Apure, a region of Venezuela.|
|Size||300mm (11.8") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Smaller than C. fowleri and with a dull yellow as opposed to orange background colour.|
|Sexing||Females larger and much more aggressive, very distinguishable dimorphism by venting especially at larger sizes.|
|General Remarks||A great pet fish, very personable, taking food from your hands (be careful to keep them out of harms way - you might get bitten).|
|Distribution||South America: Rio Arichuna, Apure, Venezuela.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Apurito, Matiyure, Arichuna (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||6.4 - 7.8|
|Other Parameters||The original description notes that specimens were collected in "brown" water with high turbidity, slow current and substrate of mud and leaves. The water was 26.5 C with a pH of 5.5|
|Feeding||Will eat any ''meaty'' type foods with a little variety thrown in: fish (previously frozen or fresh), krill, shrimp, earthworms, mice, rats, sinking pellets, shrimp pellets. In nature, eats live fish of considerable size, although the feeding of live fish in captivity to this species is not necessary. Aside being controversial from an ethical perspective, it risks introducing parasites and other potential diseases.|
|Furniture||Caves, driftwood, sand, floating plants.|
|Compatibility||Very aggressive and not shy. One aquarist reports their large female has attempted to eat 10'' cichlids with death coming to the cichlid by suffocation. Although unable to swallow them she would hold them by their entire head to the gill plates until they expired and would continue holding on even while the fish was being yanked from her!|
|Suggested Tankmates||Best kept alone or in the most bullish of considerably larger company.|
|References||Zool. Meded. (Leiden) v. 53 (no. 23) 253 Pl. 1
Ros, Christopher & Ros, Wolfgang (2007): Cephalosilurus apurensis - Ein gefräßiger Lauerräuber, aber nicht ohne Charme, in: ?Die Aquarien- und Terrarienzeitschrift? (Datz) 60 (5): 38-42.
|Registered Keepers||(1) amiidae, (2) yellowcat (k: 2), who also notes: "Acquired @ 5", 2 1/2 years later-now 2010 and at 20" and still growing, massive!", (3) Koltsix, who also notes: "By far my favorite catfish. They will eat anything offered to them and are afraid of nothing. He made an enemy of my ex-wife when he consumed her Red Devil Cichlid who was only 1 inch smaller than himself in length.", (4) CFC, (5) Kenny Tay, (6) allim, (7) 2poc.
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- Shane's World Species A voracious ambush-predator not without charm
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|Last Update||2011 Sep 20 09:09 (species record created: 2005 Apr 17 00:00)|
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