Close-up of rows of tubercules on tail
Close-up of ventral view
Close-up of head
Female carrying egg
Close-up of head
Super close-up of embryo
Close-up of female and egg
Eggs attached to underside of parent
Habitat: Essequibo river, Guyana
Newly hatched fry
Ten day old fry
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Platystacus cotylephorus Bloch, 1794|
|Common Names||Eel-tail Banjo Catfish
Banded Banjo, Båndet Banjomalle (Denmark), Maulbruetender Hexenwels (Germany), Mottled Eel-tail Banjo Catfish, Whiptail Banjo Catfish
|Type Locality||No locality.|
|Synonym(s)||Aspredo cotylephorus, Cotylephorus blochii, Silurus hexadactylus|
|Pronunciation||plat ee STAK uss - coat ee LEFF or uss|
|Etymology||Platystacus: From the Greek platys, meaning broad or flat and the Latin acus, meaning needle; in reference to the shape. Cotylephorus: meaning sites for the attachment of developing embryos, which in this case refers to the ventral area.|
- CotM 2002 November
- Shane's World Catfishology The Eel-tail banjo catfish Platystacus cotylephorus
|Size||320mm or 12.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The fishes mottled colouration is very variable - almost to the point of no two individuals looking exactly the same.|
|Sexing||Females appear more brown than black with very little or no mottling. Males by contrast are darker and show high contrast mottling. Mature males have larger pectoral fins than equally aged females.|
|General Remarks||This species is able to produce bark-like sounds by quickly moving the pectorals. These sounds are probably used to locate each other during mating periods and certainly when being attacked.|
|Distribution||South America: Western Central Atlantic: Venezuela to northern Brazil; including the lower portions of coastal rivers.
Atlantic, Western Central Atlantic (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 8.2|
|Temperature||22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Although the fish tolerates lower, the fish should really be kept at as near to a neutral pH as possible. Water should be medium hard.|
|Feeding||A nocturnal scavenger. Will eat most food after lights our. Can be tempted to eat frozen foods during the day.|
|Furniture||A large sandy bottom with leaf cover is ideal, fish of all ages will bury in the sand. Larger fish will bury in gravel.|
|Compatibility||Will eat small fish and shrimps but otherwise entirely docile.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Small to medium sized hardy, preferably Amazon, fish that do not mind the higher pH and hardness this species prefers. Care should be taken to avoid fish that will pick away at the unmoving partly buried catfish.|
|Breeding||Not reported in the home aquarium, but evidence exists of the method of reproduction. See catfish of the month article.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Naturg. Ausl. Fischev. 8 - pp54 - Pl. 372|
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|Last Update||2014 Apr 17 15:34 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)|