Dorsal view (male)
Captive bred juvenile
Close-up of female anal fin
Close-up of male anal fin
Nocturnal feeding of youngsters (20 days)
Young fish seek refuge in filter sponge grooves
Female, caudal-fin markings like Fowler 1945
Typical resting place during the day
Swimming at surface
Six week old fry
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Centromochlus perugiae Steindachner, 1882|
|Common Name||Oil Catfish|
|Type Locality||Canelos, E. Ecuador.|
|Pronunciation||cent row MOCK luss - perr OO jee ae|
|Etymology||Centromochlus: From the Greek kenteo, meaning sting and mochlos, meaning lever or crowbar; in reference to the long spines. Specifically named for Albert Perugia, an Ichthyologist from Triest.|
- Shane's World Reproduction Care and breeding of the oil catfish Centromochlus perugiae
|Size||60mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Sexing||Males have a modified anal fin similar to the gonopodium found in livebearing toothcarps. Females have a normal anal fin.|
|Distribution||South America: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|Temperature||26.0-28.0°C or 78.8-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||This fish is a surface-feeder. Suitable foods include frozen and freeze dried food and floating pellets.|
|Furniture||This Centromochlus is a riverine species and is collected in relatively shallow water low in vegetation and high in rocks. This is reflecting in its unusual breeding habits (i.e. its unusual for a woodcat to lay eggs in a cave).|
|Breeding||The fish appears to use internal fertilization, and the female lays the fertilized eggs in a cave. For further details see this article in Shane's World.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 8 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Anz. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 19 (no. 19) - pp178|
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|Last Update||2013 Mar 22 22:04 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)|