|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Microglanis iheringi Gomes, 1946|
|Common Name(s)||South American Bumblebee Catfish|
|Type Locality||Río Turmero, Aragua, Venezuela.|
|Pronunciation||aye herr ing ee|
|Etymology||Micro - small, glanis - catfish - in reference to the rather small forms of catfish that this genus contains.|
|Size||72mm (2.8") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The genus Microglanis was described by Eigenmann
(1912) to include small pimelodids with the head as wide as long, the skull covered by skin only; the occipital crest small; frontal fontanel not extending much if any behind the eye, and a minute occipital fontanel sometimes present; eye
without a free orbital margin; dorsal and pectoral spines well developed;
and premaxillary patches of teeth without backward projecting angles.
The South American bumblebee catfish is so called because of its yellowish and black banding but to call it simply the bumblebee catfish would be misleading as the larger Asian Bagrid Pseudomystus siamensis is commonly referred to as THE bumblebee catfish. As a quirk of how the export markets change over the years you are now much more likely to encounter the South American for sale.
|Distribution||Rio Turmero, Venezuela.
Valencia, Turmero (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||6.0 - 7.5|
|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show others within this range)|
|Feeding||Omnivorous. This fish is not a fussy eater. Brineshrimp appears to be a special favourite.|
|Furniture||Dense leafy vegetation such as provided by large clumps of Java fern or Amazon swords. Narrow cracks or holes in between rocks or wood are also used.|
|Compatibility||Non aggressive and sociable with its own and other species.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Virtually all good community fish, although any young fry present in the aquarium will be in extreme jeopardy - especially after dark.|
|Breeding||See Shane's World article.|
|References||Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Mich.No. 494 - pp9 - Pl. 1|
|Registered Keepers||(1) CatBrat, (2) Tulio, (3) Moontanman, (4) Trident2004, (5) Jools, (6) Lornek8, (7) Oliver D. (k: 5), (8) Silurus, (9) brettwms75 (k: 5), who also notes: "Always digging, under plants roots or under the bog wood.", (10) gage, (11) Noesis (k: 3), (12) BigMoneee, (13) call_apple (k: 5), (14) azfisher (k: 3), (15) Chrysichthys, (16) fballguy, (17) mzavori, (18) Bas Pels (k: 5), who also notes: "All from Uruguay, uncharacteristically, thay are always in plain view", (19) Högö (k: 2), (20) Plecofanatic1989 (k: 4), (21) daniel60 (k: 10), (22) irshprncsk, (23) Junttis (k: 3), (24) tezr (k: 2), who also notes: "Nice little cat if you do not have any small fish for them to eat.", (25) Sasquatch, (26) LUISGOREY, (27) guardianfyre, (28) lizimal, who also notes: "03/14/08 $3 each at Aquatek
Great little bumblebee cats. Had a bit of a tussle last night, but I'm sure they'll get settled in.", (29) firlefanz (p: 2), (30) joe.juice13, (31) tomr (p: 3, k: 14), (32) synosteve (k: 2), (33) Lyssa, (34) titch2007 (k: 10), who also notes: "all 10 kept in 60litre tank with 5 hatchetfish, tank heavily planted and filled with wood, slate and and mound of round pebbles (which they love swimming about) kept at 26C, eats anything no problem at all!!! size ranging from 2-3 inches!", (35) ChileRelleno, who also notes: "Moonlights a must to watch feedings, as they cruise around searching by smell, very fast.
Ravenous feeders, they gobble almost anything, shrimp pellets and bloodworms are favorites.
EDIT: Lost one, remaining has taken over a spot under a log/plant and is easily viewed at any time! YES! One of my favorites!", (36) Lightbringer (k: 2), (37) miravns, (38) kubastanik, (39) AU Chief, (40) MADRacing, (41) ASCauley, (42) skelley000, (43) necrocanis, (44) geekshow (k: 2), (45) Thalan (p: 2), (46) Birger, (47) nvcichlids (k: 80), (48) smegforbrains, (49) Static, (50) Sumners83, (51) ahodge84 (k: 5), (52) willis30, (53) emperorted, (54) I_Xeno (k: 2), (55) catmother, (56) fischkringli, (57) rdecker81 (k: 2), (58) Fishguy2727, (59) JeffsFishroom, (60) mrfox90 (p: 2), (61) Timthedrifter, (62) coheedandcambriarules (k: 2), (63) walshy317 (p: 2), (64) ewurm, (65) L number Banana, who also notes: "Size is approx.", (66) Dave Rinaldo (p: 2), (67) naturalart, (68) ayrtoninst (k: 160), (69) Martin S (p: 4, k: 9), (70) matt12, (71) JamieH (k: 3), (72) bamboosticks (k: 4), (73) jscoggs27, (74) Viktor Jarikov, who also notes: "thought was getting the asian one but appears to have gotten the S.A. one", (75) rodrigd2, (76) mamoo (k: 2), who also notes: "I introduced three but one died. I can't find the other 2. I hope my Pseudomystus has nothing to do with this", (77) huskybz91, (78) manlyfish, (79) MichaelC95, (80) NC24 (k: 19), (81) wolverine2031 (k: 2), (82) fishmanbill, (83) MatsP (k: 6), (84) Marka7z, (85) DeepFriedIctalurus (k: 2), (86) cdc069, (87) metalface2 (k: 8), (88) john_d (k: 10), (89) Shawnc, (90) Dee, (91) h4dow, (92) wendy333, (93) airlik73, (94) Matthijs, (95) bluefish1, (96) transporter42, (97) huskerdad, (98) indiCa, (99) DGR1980 (k: 2), who also notes: "I currently have two of these cats which i love watching when i first put them in tank they would fight mouthing each other everytime they met but since i did a water change and put them in a bucket together they have i geuss made friends.", (100) pawel060, (101) merit, (102) Microsab, (103) linuxrulesusa (k: 3), (104) Atmichaels (k: 3), (105) ladytara33, (106) Dalek Tzet, (107) botguy13, (108) bahid (k: 5), (109) miguel mitchel.
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|Breeding Reports||(1) nvcichlids (b: 45).|
- CotM 2000 October
- Shane's World Reproduction Reproduction in Microglanis
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|Last Update||2009 Dec 13 02:05 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)|
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