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Scientific NameTatia intermedia  (Steindachner, 1877)
Common NameDriftwood Cat
Type LocalityMarabitanos, Pará, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Centromochlus intermedius
PronunciationTA tee ah
EtymologyTatia: Named after the ichthyologist C. Tate Regan. 
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Size 130mm or 5.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationT. intermedia is often confused with T. galaxias. Both species have dark base with light spots, but on T. intermedia spots are off-white and fade with age. In T. galaxias the spots are bright white, and the body is velvety black. The body shape of T. galaxias is also more slender.
SexingMature males exhibit modified anal fin copulatory organ.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazon River basin and rivers of Guianas.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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FurnitureAs the common name for this family, woodcat, implies, these fish like pieces of wood with crevices and gaps to squeeze into.
BreedingHas been bred several times by different people. Large number of eggs kept together by a kind of jelly. These eggs are not eaten by the adults and hatch within a few days.

Planet Catfish user Daniel Blom was able to prove that a female deposited fertile eggs without a male specimen around, thus indicating that this species also has internal fertilization, a fact which was (is) doubted by scientists.
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ReferencesSitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien v. 74 (1. Abth.) 664 [106]
Registered Keepers(1) daniel60 (k: 20), (2) fish fodder (k: 3), (3) Silurus, (4) Whiskerbreed, (5) Greer, (6) ali12345 (k: 4), (7) Lutt (k: 2), (8) teddyman5, (9) Yann (k: 4), (10) Martin S, who also notes: "Incredible growth rate! In a little over two months this fish has almost trebled in size. Is very active when feeding occurs, even when the lights are on, but obviosuly more active when the tank is unlit.", (11) bahid, (12) arzerkle, (13) fischkringli, (14) cincy, (15) jessey, (16) ligon, (17) Industrial (k: 2), (18) Juand15, (19) mamoo (k: 3), (20) Join (p: 2, k: 10), (21) Bijn (k: 5), (22) mummymonkey (k: 303), (23) tijani (k: 2), (24) arthos (k: 5), (25) keen-eyed (k: 4), (26) retroculus, (27) hullfishman (k: 7), (28) kruseman (k: 3), (29) steveh28 (k: 2), who also notes: "First spawn 9-27-11. Moved the parents", (30) Gorzak (p: 2), (31) fishboy20, (32) arcsb (k: 4), (33) clydeboy, (34) Phyllonemus (k: 6), (35) Decker504, (36) hatiras, (37) Zulan, (38) Goodeid608 (k: 8), who also notes: "Very shy, only coming out to eat. Prefers to eat food off the surface, thus flakes are readily accepted.", (39) corybreed, (40) miguel mitchel (k: 4), (41) CharlieM9, (42) Gandalfdgrey, (43) kwalker, (44) Divemaster (k: 3), (45) CodOnMyRod, (46) mad357, (47) syorksaquarist (k: 10), who also notes: "Living with Corydoras julii and share cover under Redmoor and coconut shells", (48) Jbottomfeeder, (49) irshprncsk (k: 3).

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Breeding Reports(1) CharlieM9 (b: 52), (2) CodOnMyRod (b: 50), (3) Zulan (b: 46), (4) steveh28 (b: 39), (5) fishboy20 (b: 13), (6) syorksaquarist (b: 7).
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Last Update2012 Feb 13 02:06 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)