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Scientific Name Sturisomatichthys panamensis  (Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889)
Common Names Royal Twig Catfish
Panama-Bartwels (Germany), Panama-skægmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Panama.
Synonym(s) Loricaria panamensis
Etymology (German)Sturio=Sturgeon + (Greek)soma=body + (Greek) -ichthys=fish. The specific epithet is for the species country of origin, Panama.
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Size 200mm or 7.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Another elegant species confused with S. festivum (and thus S. aureum). This species can be distinguished by the fins which, while spectacular, do not have the trailing extensions of S. festivum.
General Remarks In the wild this species can be found in a water temperature of about 25°C, pH 7.4 and in strong current.
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Distribution Central and South America: Pacific slope rivers of Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador; Caribbean slope rivers of Colombia.
Panama Pacific Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Colombia Caribbean Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Colombia Pacific Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Ecuador Pacific Coast Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2019.
pH 6.5 - 7.2
Temperature 26.0-29.0°C or 78.8-84.2°F (Show species within this range)
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 2) v. 2, pp34.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 17 13:49 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)