Rio Acacia, Colombia
Holotype, 35 mm SL
Holotype, dorsal view
Pectoral fin spine, dorsal view
Cano Guanapalo, Colombia
VEN10-55, Rio Orinoco at Merey, ~100km N of San Fernando de Atabapo
Albino. Rio Acacia, Colombia
Pectoral fin spine, dorsal view
Rio Caura. Photo, B. Chernoff
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|Scientific Name||Microglanis iheringi Gomes, 1946|
|Common Names||South American Bumblebee Catfish
Kleiner Marmor-Antennenwels, Kleiner Harlekinwels (Germany)
|Type Locality||Río Turmero, Aragua, Venezuela.|
|Pronunciation||aye herr ing ee|
|Etymology||Micro - small, glanis - catfish - in reference to the rather small forms of catfish that this genus contains.|
|Articles|| - CotM 2000 October
- Shane's World Reproduction Reproduction in Microglanis
|Size||60mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The genus Microglanis was described by Eigenmann
(1912) to include small pimelodids with the head as wide as long, the skull covered by skin only; the occipital crest small; frontal fontanel not extending much if any behind the eye, and a minute occipital fontanel sometimes present; eye without a free orbital margin; dorsal and pectoral spines well developed; and premaxillary patches of teeth without backward projecting angles.
The South American bumblebee catfish is so called because of its yellowish and black banding but to call it simply the bumblebee catfish would be misleading as the larger Asian Bagrid Pseudomystus siamensis is commonly referred to as THE bumblebee catfish. As a quirk of how the export markets change over the years you are now much more likely to encounter the South American for sale.
|Distribution||South America: Turmero River basin, Venezuela.
Valencia, Turmero (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 2020.|
|pH||6.0 - 7.5|
|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Omnivorous. This fish is not a fussy eater. Brineshrimp appears to be a special favourite.|
|Furniture||Dense leafy vegetation such as provided by large clumps of Java fern or Amazon swords. Narrow cracks or holes in between rocks or wood are also used.|
|Compatibility||Non aggressive and sociable with its own and other species.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Virtually all good community fish, although any young fry present in the aquarium will be in extreme jeopardy - especially after dark.|
|Breeding||See Shane's World article.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|Reference||Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan No. 494, pp 9, Pl. 1.|
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|Last Update||2020 Sep 19 01:42 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)|