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Scientific NameCephalosilurus fowleri  Haseman, 1911
Common NamesRusty Jelly Catfish
Orange Catfish, Oremon Catfish, Pocoma (Brazilian)
Type LocalityRio São Francisco, Cidade de Barra, Bahia, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Pseudopimelodus fowleri
Pronunciationfoul err eye
EtymologyNamed for the prolific ichthyologist, Henry Fowler.
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Size 405mm or 15.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationLarger and with a more orange colouration than C. apurensis.
SexingFemales larger and much more aggressive, very distinguishable dimorphism by venting especially at larger sizes.
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DistributionBrazil: Rio Sao Francisco.
São Francisco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
Temperature23.0-27.0°C or 73.4-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingFish (fresh and frozen), krill, shrimp, earthworms, mice, rats, sinking pellets, shrimp pellets, any "meaty" type foods with a little variety thrown in.
FurnitureCaves, driftwood, sand, floating plants.
CompatibilityVery aggressive and not shy.
Suggested TankmatesBest kept alone or in the most bullish of considerably larger company.
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ReferencesAnn. Carnegie Mus.v. 7 (nos. 3-4) (17) - pp317 - Pl. 46
Registered Keepers(1) yellowcat, who also notes: "Reached maximum size of 17.5"TL. Surprisingly, for years kept in a community tank with 5 other smaller catfish species, definitely the dominant fish. Later on, best kept alone...", (2) amiidae, (3) Fishedin, (4) jelly, (5) Redtailrob, who also notes: "Huge mouths on these fish.Capable of taken food items almost half their size.", (6) arapaimag, who also notes: "Tried to eat a 18" Phractocephalus hemioliopterus in my big tank.".

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2006 August
Article - Shane's World Species The Oremon Catfish, Cephalosilurus fowleri
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