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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. 
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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.
Sexing Unknown
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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)
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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.
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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)