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Scientific NameCallichthys callichthys  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s)Cascarudo/Armoured Catfish
Schwielenwels (Germany)
Type LocalityAmerican rivers.
Synonym(s)Callichthys affinis, Callichthys arcifer, Callichthys asper, Callichthys caelatus, Callichthys callichthys bolteni, Callichthys callichthys demararae, Callichthys depressus, Callichthys hemifractus, Callichthys kneri, Callichthys laeviceps, Callichthys loricatus, Callichthys tamoata, Silurus callichthys
Pronunciationkal ICK thiss
EtymologyCallichthys: From the Greek kallos, meaning beautiful and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the color pattern. As per genus.
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Size 180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
SexingMales develop a thickened bright orange first ray in the pectoral fin, where females have a thin first ray.
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DistributionSouth America: Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paran√°, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, French Guyana Coastal Rivers, Oyapock (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature18.0-28.0°C or 64.4-82.4°F (Show others within this range)
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FeedingEasy to feed, will eat most prepared, frozen and live foods.
FurniturePrefers a well shaded tank. Floating plants, and tall broad leaved plants make good shade. They also like overhanging stones, tunnels, etc.
CompatibilityA fairly large fish that can be boisterous when feeding, so as long as tankmates accept this behaviour.
BreedingBubble nest breeder.
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ReferencesSystema Nat. ed. 10v. 1 - pp307
Registered Keepers(1) TP (k: 2), (2) hoplo (k: 28), who also notes: "Breeding with 1 Male & 1 female Last spawned 5/8/08", (3) Daniel Machado, (4) Carp37 (k: 3), who also notes: "A very extrovert and user-friendly species that sit on your hand at feeding time; fish from Hoplocat. Initially had 4- lost one August '11.", (5) soltarii007, (6) ali12345, (7) MatsP (p: 2, k: 3), who also notes: "Got one male and one female with the intention to eventually breed them. Unfortunately the female didn't survive long. The male died a few weeks later - most likely, both got trapped with a male ancistrus in a cave, but I did not witness this.", "Got two fish via Richard B originally bred by Vicky (Hoplo).", (8) gem400, (9) Marcos Montes (k: 3), (10) allim, (11) PeterUK (k: 3), (12) markhinch, (13) Mike C (k: 2), (14) FNW (k: 2), (15) Avinitlarge (k: 2), (16) arthos (k: 3), (17) snakelover (p: 3), (18) M.O.F., (19) francoisMtl (k: 5).

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Last Update2012 Feb 13 02:05 (species record created: 2002 Jan 19 00:00)