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Scientific Name Centromochlus perugiae  Steindachner, 1882
Common Name(s) Oil Catfish
Type Locality Canelos, E. Ecuador.
Synonym(s) Tatia perugiae
Pronunciation cent row MOCK luss - perr OO jee ae
Etymology Centromochlus: From the Greek kenteo, meaning sting and mochlos, meaning lever or crowbar; in reference to the long spines. Specifically named for Albert Perugia, an Ichthyologist from Triest.
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 60mm (2.4") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp. []
Sexing Males have a modified anal fin similar to the gonopodium found in livebearing toothcarps. Females have a normal anal fin.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature 26.0-28.0°C or 78.8-82.4°F (Show others within this range)[]
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding This fish is a surface-feeder. Suitable foods include frozen and freeze dried food and floating pellets.
Furniture This Centromochlus is a riverine species and is collected in relatively shallow water low in vegetation and high in rocks. This is reflecting in its unusual breeding habits (i.e. its unusual for a woodcat to lay eggs in a cave).
Breeding The fish appears to use internal fertilization, and the female lays the fertilized eggs in a cave. For further details see this article in Shane's World.
Jump to next section Further Information
References Anz. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 19 (no. 19) - pp178
Registered Keepers (1) daniel60 (k: 8), (2) Barbie (k: 5), (3) Floody, (4) Oliver D. (k: 5), (5) Silurus, (6) Whiskerbreed, (7) Tuti, (8) lazymf (p: 2), (9) racoll (k: 6), who also notes: "These fish love frozen Daphnia.", (10) Freakdaddy (k: 2), (11) Högö (k: 3), (12) invaderwithkey (k: 3), (13) irshprncsk (p: 2, k: 3), (14) joepleco, who also notes: "I call these the hummingbirds of the fish world, if you are lucky enough to get to own one, please do! They are sensitive to drops in temp. and like clean water and hiding places in wood. Beware of ICH it can kill them fast! Very smooth scaleless bod", (15) Gump, (16) fish fodder (k: 3), who also notes: "i currently have a female in a tight fitting cave tending to approx 20 2-3mm eggs. quite large eggs for such a small fish (2") she doesnt come out much for food either, compared to the other female and male. so a certain degree of care is being obser", (17) panaque, who also notes: "13/07/2008: First spawn that I am aware of. Rescued 24 eggs that fell out of the breeding tube (now in breeding net); unknown number remain in tube with female. 16/07/2008: Eggs have hatched: tiny wrigglers with enormous yolk sacks. Only 6 left in", (18) geoffkemp (k: 6), (19) Martin S (p: 3, k: 7), who also notes: "Lost one female 10/11/2008 when heater stuck on and tank temperature reached 33 degrees C.", "Lost one male 02/04/2009.", "One found dead for unknown reasons 07 August 2012.", (20) Suckermouth (k: 3), (21) Yann (k: 5), (22) T4FR (k: 5), who also notes: "In the group I bought there is sadly only one male.I hope to breed them in the future, but first they have to grow a little. I have two yellow females don't know why some look more yellow and others look more white.", (23) jollysue (k: 10), (24) worton[pl] (k: 9), (25) corycat, (26) myfish (k: 5), (27) bcb (k: 2), (28) andyh, (29) arzerkle, (30) nvcichlids (k: 8), (31) bluescotty23 (p: 2), (32) kim m (k: 8), who also notes: "Some wild fish I caught myself in Peru and some shop bought ones...", (33) Join (k: 7), (34) Gerard Pennards, who also notes: "Had 3 specimens, two died, cause probably age", (35) ligon (k: 6), (36) Jools, (37) Industrial, (38) J Bluto, (39) bunthid tumnontigoon (k: 12), who also notes: "This Centromochlus is very interesting wood catfish. ^_^", (40) oanes (k: 8), who also notes: "These guys are hilarious. They swarm about the top of the tank at dusk, probably insect feeders in the wild. They bounce off my arm when I lower snacks down for the bottom dwellers in the tank. They cling to wood during the day but arent completely shy of light, so you can usually see them peeking out while they are sleeping.", (41) Bisclavret (p: 2), (42) Nabobmob1, (43) tijani (k: 2), (44) kruseman (k: 2), (45) MatsP (p: 2, k: 8), who also notes: "From Indonesia via Maidenhead Aquatics Bracknell.", "From Ralf Britz.", (46) Sktchy (k: 2), (47) keen-eyed (k: 13), (48) Hmoobthor (k: 2), who also notes: "Keeping them with betta, oto catfish and amano shrimp in a 10g. The yellow tank color fade away within 24 hour and white skin starting to appear.", (49) stumac (k: 4), (50) NielsV (k: 6), (51) CharlyBrown, (52) fleshwound (k: 2), (53) metalface2, (54) Manon des sources, (55) steveh28 (k: 5), (56) fishboy20, (57) AzFishKid (p: 2), (58) Lilredbeaver, (59) Shane, (60) Herbsti, (61) miguel mitchel (k: 4), (62) Regina (k: 8), (63) cifinest33rd, (64) Gordon C. Snelling, (65) fishdoc313 (k: 6), (66) gem400, (67) Sylvain (k: 2), (68) Luis.Ventura, (69) Oceanica, (70) Atmichaels (k: 8), (71) parrot1974 (k: 2), (72) kwalker, (73) Zulan, (74) jac (k: 5).

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Breeding Reports (1) Zulan (b: 47), (2) Suckermouth (b: 40), (3) fishboy20 (b: 21), (4) panaque (b: 8).
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Care and breeding of the oil catfish Centromochlus perugiae
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Last Update 2013 Mar 22 22:04 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)

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