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Scientific Name Farlowella vittata  Myers, 1942
Common Names Twig Catfish
Grenmaller (Denmark)
Type Locality Tributary of Río Uribanto [Uribante], Tachira State, Venezuela.
Synonym(s) Farlowella agustini, Farlowella angosturae, Farlowella guaricensis, Farlowella roncallii
Pronunciation far LOW ella - vit hat ah
Etymology This genus is named after W. G. Farlow, from Harvard University. This specific epithet refers to its striped (vittatus=striped) appearance.
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Size 225mm or 8.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification A key to the genus Farlowella can be found here.

There are at least 25 [Retzer & Page, 1997] species of Farlowella that, in the main, look very similar. The species was identified by its distinctive rostrum and ventral plates arrangement. In particular having two rows of plates on the ventral (belly) area.
Sexing The male's "snout" is broader and when mature sports small bristles called odontodes. This is clearly shown in one of the images above. The female has a thinner snout which always remains smooth.
General Remarks For those collecting these fishes in their natural habitat, it is worth noting that several junior synonyms exist that are found in different biotops. Farlowella angosturae Martín Salazar, 1964: Type locality: Caño Largo al oeste de Cuidad Bolívar, Edo. Bolívar [Venezuela]. Farlowella agustini Martín Salazar, 1964: Type locality: Una quebrada límite entre los Estados Cojedes y Carabobo, carretera Campo Carabobo Taguanes, afluente del río Chirigua que a su vez lo es del río Pao [Venezuela]. Farlowella guaricensis Martín Salazar, 1964: Type locality: Río Guárico, en el puente de Uverito, carreteria San Juan de Los Morros a Ortiz, Guárico [Venezuela]. Farlowella roncallii Martín Salazar, 1964: Type locality: la quebrada El Ahorcado Aguirre, afluente del Río Tirgua Carabobo [Venezuela].
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Distribution South America: Orinoco River basin.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Attention to water quality is essential for the long term prosperity of this species.
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Feeding Green and soft brown algae, cucumber and lettuce.
Furniture Bogwood, particularly tall, spindly root-like structures. Tall plants such as Vallisneria or Amazon swords. Roof slate if you can get it.
Compatibility Peaceful, to the point of being timid. Not the most active fish, it can spend much of its time sitting perfectly still.
Suggested Tankmates Tetras or Rasboras are best. Avoid fast or "nippy" fishes such as Danios or Barbs. Will do well with Corydoras catfish, but larger catfish or cichlids are to be avoided.
Breeding See Shane's World article.
Breeding Reports There are 5 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Reference Stanford Ichthyological Bulletin v. 2 (no. 4), pp 103, Fig. 12.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 08 05:15 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)