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Scientific NameDianema urostriatum  (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1912)
Common NamesFlag Tail Porthole Catfish
Flag Tail Hoplo, Flagtail Catfish, Halestribet Pansermalle (Denmark), Schwielenwels (Germany)
Type LocalityManaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Decapogon urostriatum
Pronunciationdie ah NEE mah - you row stree at ah
EtymologyDianema: From the Greek di-, meaning two and nema, meaning filament; in reference to the long maxillary barbels. 
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Notes on a spawning of Dianema urostriata
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Size 125mm or 4.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationHorizontal black / white alternating stripes on tail fin, the only other member of the genus has a clear caudal fin and is generally smaller.
SexingFemales are more heavily bodied than males.
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DistributionBrazilian rivers, creeks and pools.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 8.0
Temperature25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersSomewhat fussy, this fish should be acclimatized in slightly soft water, pH around 6.0 - 6.5. One settled is much more accommodating.
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FeedingWill take a variety of prepared foods, flake and frozen, for maintenance.
FurnitureCaves (rock or pipe), plants are often used as resting places in mid-water.
CompatibilityVery docile fish, mid-water swimmer; an ideal larger catfish for the community aquarium.
BreedingPossible. Must feed live foods and run through dry season / wet season cycle. Eggs attached to floating cover, placed in circular grouping similar to Corys with similarly sized eggs. No bubble nest was present at time of spawning.
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ReferencesMatto-Grosso Annexo no. 5 - pp15
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 16:05 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)