|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Platydoras hancockii (Valenciennes , 1840)|
|Common Names||Longnose Dora
Hancocks Tornmalle (Denmark), Kopfstrich-Dornwels (Germany)
|Type Locality||Demerara River, Guyana.|
|Synonym(s)||Amblydoras hancockii, Doras hancockii|
|Pronunciation||pla tee doh russ - hand COCK eye|
|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.|
|Size||150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Commonly misidentified as Amblydoras hancockii, this is a different species and can be found as Amblydoras naticus.|
|Sexing||Underside of female is creamy white, the male is freckled as shown below. Males are more slender than the wider (when viewed from above or below) females.|
|Distribution||South America: from Guyana and eastern Brazil to Peru and Bolivia.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||5.8 - 7.6|
|Temperature||23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||This species is not fussy regarding water parameters.|
|Feeding||A nocturnal scavenger.|
|Furniture||Does not harm plants and all is really required is a dark place in which the catfish can find refuge. Care must be taken that this is no where near the heater element as these fish will wedge themselves between the heater and the aquarium wall and may burn themselves.|
|Compatibility||A perfect community tank resident.|
|Suggested Tankmates||As all doradids, does well with its conspecifics and other members of the same family. Can be kept with anything from tetras to medium sized cichlids.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Hist. Nat. Poiss.v. 15 - pp279|
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|Last Update||2014 Mar 02 19:45 (species record created: 2001 Apr 19 00:00)|