Eggs - Day 2
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Eggs - Day 5
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Eggs - Day 7
Eggs - Day 8
Eggs - Day 9
Eggs from 2 females laid over 3 nights
Female (right) and male guarding eggs
Newly Hatched Fry
Female illustrating scutes
Eggs - Day 1
Male illustrating odontodes on rostrum
Male Lateral Profile
Close-up of head
Close-up of male rostrum showing odontodes
Habitat: Collecting from submerged foliage
Habitat: Vegetation at rivers edge
Female lateral profile
One week old fry
Video - spawning on glass
Video - spawning on spray bar
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Farlowella vittata Myers, 1942|
|Common Names||Twig Catfish
|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.|
|Articles|| - Shane's World Reproduction Spawning, Embryo & Fry Development in Farlowella vittata
- CotM 1997 September
- Shane's World Reproduction Breeding Farlowella
|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].|
|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.|
|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.|
|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)|