|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Trachycorystes trachycorystes (Valenciennes, 1840)|
|Common Name(s)||Iron Head Driftwood Catfish|
Black Driftwood Catfish, Black Woodcat
|Synonym(s)||Auchenipterus trachycorystes, Trachycorystes typus|
|Etymology||Trachycorystes: From the Greek trachys, meaning rough and korystes, meaning one armed with a helmet; in reference to the rugose cranial shield.|
|Size||450mm or 17.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||This Auchenipterid looks slender. It is the same colour all over (usually black) including the belly. Some report their fish having a brown colour, perhaps this is a different species.|
Even more striking is the protruding lower jaw that gives this species identity easily away.
|Sexing||Males have a genital papilla and do not grow as large as females.|
Males are also reported to develop thickened barbels and/or larger dorsal spines.
|General Remarks||Of the handful of Trachycorystes that are known to science,Trachycorystes trachycorystes is the usual one that is exported albeit on an irregular basis.|
|Distribution||South America: Amazon basin.|
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||6.4 - 7.0|
|Temperature||23.0-29.0°C or 73.4-84.2°F (Show others within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Generally undemanding.|
|Feeding||Everything that fits its (huge) mouth. Preferably live food and plenty of it. Larger frozen foods will also be eaten. No daphnia and such!|
Happily eats prepared foods too.
|Furniture||Large pieces of driftwood as hiding places. Yet these fish also need swimming space for their nocturnal escapades.|
Make sure tank covers are secured for this species may jump in the beginning.
|Compatibility||An aggressive fish that requires a species tank with plenty of refuges, as this species will also attack its own congeners when it feels like it (see Reference; TFH article by K & B Teats).|
Don't put smaller fish in the same tank, not even fish that may be able to defend themselves well: in the end, they will be killed.
|Suggested Tankmates||Only very large fish; certainly avoid slow moving species like (full grown) angelfish and fishes that would compete for refuge with this brute.|
|References||K & B Teats, TFH Dec. 1986 pages 30-37|
Hist. Nat. Poiss.v. 15 - pp214 - Pl. 437
|Registered Keepers||(1) amiidae, (2) Koltsix (k: 2), (3) CFC, (4) JamieH (k: 4), (5) mi-tatsu, (6) arapaimag, (7) yadayada, (8) kp90, (9) Junttis, (10) CatfishPownage63, (11) corybreed.|
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|Last Update||2014 Jan 21 11:23 (species record created: 2005 Nov 23 00:00)|