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Scientific Name Agamyxis pectinifrons  (Cope, 1870)
Common Names Spotted Talking Catfish
Kammdornwels (Germany), Plettet Tornmalle (Denmark), Spotted Raphael Catfish
Type Locality Pebas, Peru.
Synonym(s) Doras pectinifrons
Pronunciation peck TIN ee frons
Etymology Agamyxis: From the Greek agan, meaning much, and myxa, meaning mucus; in reference to the mucus produced by the fish. 
Article - CotM 1997 April
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The light coloured spots that make this fish so attractive range from brilliant white to pale yellow in different batches of imports.
Sexing Unknown.
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Distribution Widespread throughout the Amazon basin.
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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.5
Temperature 20.0-26.0°C or 68-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Will eat any food that reaches it. Bloodworm and sinking catfish tablets are best as they can be ''aimed'' at the fishes daytime hide-out.
Furniture Needs a dark refuge, but smaller individuals will spend the day in dense vegetation just as happily.
Compatibility A perfect community fish
Suggested Tankmates Ideal first catfish for a budding aquarist as well as a good "worker" catfish for all levels of community tanks
Breeding Some details, although sketchy. Seems to be a bubble nest builder or at least lay its eggs on floating vegetation at the water surface.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society v. 11, pp 568.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 17 14:43 (species record created: 2001 Apr 28 00:00)