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  • Trichomycterus maracaya
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Scientific Name Trichomycterus maracaya  Bockmann & Sazima, 2004
Common Name Margay Pencil Catfish
Type Locality Brazil, Minas Gerais, Poços de Caldas, rio Pardo basin, unnamed streamlet at the foothill of the Morro do Ferro (about 21°46'45''S, 46°31'50''W {original paper has the coordinates transposed: 46°31'50''S, 21°46'45''W}).
Etymology Trichomycterus: From the Greek trichos, meaning hair and mykter, meaning nose; in reference to the barbels. The specific epithet "maracaya" (also "mbaracaya") is a Tupi-Guarani Amerindian name for the margay wild cat (Leopardus wiedii), an allusion both to the blotched pigmentation pattern of the new species and its predatory habits on vertebrates (tadpoles).
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Size 51mm or 2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Rio Pardo drainage, upper Rio Paraná, south-eastern Brazil.
La Plata, Paraná, Upper Paraná, Pardo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding This genus takes live or frozen food is well accepted, as is commerical dry prepared foods. Be careful not to overfeed. In nature, they feed on small invertebrates living at the bottom.
Compatibility .
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Neotropical Ichthyol. 63 Figs. 1-8
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Last Update 2014 Jan 09 15:34 (species record created: 2006 Oct 07 07:24)