|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Megalodoras uranoscopus (Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1888)|
|Common Names||Giant Talking Catfish
Giant Raphael Catfish
|Type Locality||Lake Hyanuary, Amazonas, Brazil.|
|Synonym(s)||Doras libertatis, Doras uranoscopus, Hoplodoras uranoscopus, Megalodoras irwini, Megalodoras libertatis|
|Etymology||Megalodoras: From the Greek mega, meaning large, and doras, meaning skin (also a word commonly used in forming generic names for doradids); in reference to the large size.|
|Size||530mm or 20.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||This particular catfish is not commonly imported but is appealing for its attractive colour pattern which remains with age.|
|Distribution||South America: Amazon, Tocantins and Essequibo River basins.
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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|pH||5.8 - 7.4|
|Temperature||21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Hardness up to 25°dGH|
|Feeding||Diet should include aquatic snails, catfish pellets, earthworms, prawns, catfish tablets and frozen bloodworm.|
|Furniture||Large pieces of bogwood and clean plastic drainpipe of suitable diameter for them to hide under. Ideally heater guards should be provided in order for the fish not to burn themselves. External filtration is a good idea.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful if somewhat bulky!|
|Breeding||Unreported in the home aquarium.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 2) v. 1 (pt 2), pp159.|
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|Last Update||2020 Sep 19 05:34 (species record created: 2001 Apr 28 00:00)|