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Scientific NameTrachelyopterichthys taeniatus  (Kner, 1858)
Common NamesStriped Woodcat
Mandube Catfish
Type LocalityRio Guapore, Brazil
Synonym(s)Trachelyopterus taeniatus
Pronunciationtrack ellie OP terr ICK thiss
EtymologyTrachelyopterichthys: From the Greek, trachelos, meaning neck, pteron, meaning fin and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the long cranial shield, which gives the appearance that the dorsal fin originates at the neck region. 
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationAn extremely distinctive auchenipterid catfish that cannot be confused with any other species.
SexingMature males exhibit a modified anal fin that is formed into a ''pseudopenis''. The dorsal fin of mature males is also larger than that of mature females.
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DistributionAn upper Amazon basin species that has been reported from Peru, southern Colombia, Brazil and southern Venezuela.
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.2 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingNot fussy and catholic in every way as regards to diet. All manner of prepared foods will be taken with relish, but meaty foods such as brine shrimp, krill, bloodworms, etc. should be a regular part of the diet. The various foods will be taken at all levels of the tank including the surface.
FurnitureAmple hollow style hiding places should be provided. For the purist, driftwood or larger bamboo pieces can be used but longer sections (eight to 12 inches) of smaller diameter (one and a half to two inches) PVC pipe may also be used.
CompatibilityA peaceful fish, both with their own and other species. Very small fishes, though, might be eaten.
Suggested TankmatesMidwater swimming fishes such as characins (as long as they are not too small) are a good addition. Other smaller to medium sized catfishes, as long as they are not to aggressive, are also o.k. This species is social with its own kind, so try to have at least a small group of them.
BreedingAs with other auchenipterids this is an internally fertilizing species. To date there have been no reports of a successful spawning (but, see CotM for April, 2006 - link below - for a note on the laying of unfertilized eggs).
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ReferencesSitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 26 (s. 373) - pp434 [64] - Pl. 8 (fig. 26)
Registered Keepers(1) daniel60 (k: 4), (2) Dave Rinaldo (k: 2), (3) Oliver D. (k: 3), (4) Kenneth Wong (k: 2), (5) amiidae, (6) Walter, (7) jiapei, (8) The.Dark.One, (9) Junttis (k: 4), (10) wrasse (k: 8), who also notes: "This is one of those species that sometimes arrive in the shops really thin and you have to rebuild them. They are very active at feeding time.", (11) Floody (p: 2), (12) arthos (k: 4), (13) Martin S (k: 3), (14) dmcat (k: 2), (15) Yann (k: 3), (16) rob rensen, (17) cory-ap2.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2006 April
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:57 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)