|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Platydoras costatus (Linnaeus, 1758)|
|Common Names||Striped Dora
Liniendornwels (Germany), Surinam-tornmalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||Indiis [South America].|
|Pronunciation||pla tee doh russ - kos TAT uss|
|Etymology||Platydoras: From the Greek platys, meaning flat, and doras, meaning skin (also a word commonly used in forming generic names for doradids); in reference to the depressed head.|
- CotM 2018 December
|Size||160mm or 6.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||This species was long misidentified as the widely distributed species commonly available in the hobby, however now appears to be restricted to two rivers in eastern South America. The common species in the hobby is Platydoras armatulus.|
|General Remarks||Talking catfishes get their common name from noises they make, mostly at night, by griding their pectoral fin bone in its "socket". Click here to listen to this species.|
|Distribution||South America: Amazon, Tocantins, Parnaíba, Orinoco, Essequibo River basins and coastal drainages in French Guiana and Suriname to Argentina.
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 7.5|
|Temperature||23.0-30.0°C or 73.4-86°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Slightly softer water is beneficial but not essential.|
|Feeding||All aquarium fish foods, sinking catfish tablets offer the best method of getting food to the fish. Bloodworm and high protein dry food are also favourites. Try delivering food at night.|
|Furniture||Caves or pipes are a requirement if this fish is to avoid long-term stress or the possibility of mistaking a heater for safe refuge.|
|Compatibility||An ideal community fish, peaceful but rugged.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Anything from tetras to cichlids, preferably South American, but will mix with all community fish.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Systema Nat. ed. 10v. 1 - pp306|
|Registered Keepers||Keeping this species? Why not .
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|Last Update||2018 Oct 01 07:11 (species record created: 2001 Apr 28 00:00)|