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Scientific Name Centromochlus orca  Sarmento-Soares, Lazzarotto, Rapp Py-Daniel & Leitão, 2017
Common Name Ninja Woodcat
Type Locality Mouth of Igarapé Jamari with lago de Terra Santa, Terra Santa, rio Nhamundá basin, Pará, Brazil, 02°00'04"S, 56°31'08"W.
Synonym(s) Tatia orca
Pronunciation cent row MOCK luss
Etymology Centromochlus: From the Greek kenteo, meaning sting and mochlos, meaning lever or crowbar; in reference to the long spines. 
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General Remarks This fish is very similar to Tatia musaica. The two differ in distribution and also in the amount of black pigment on the body. C. orca has more white on the body and tail than T. musaica.
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Distribution Brazil, Rio Nhamundá.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Nhamundá (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Furniture As the common name for this family, woodcat, implies, these fish like pieces of wood with crevices and gaps to squeeze into. Larger specimens will gregariously take refuge in pipes.
Breeding This species has been bred in the aquarium, however, it is unusual. There is a detailed article in the Catfish Study Group Journal, Volume 21, Issue 3 (Sept 2020) by Regina Spotti. The spawning occurred at a low pH of 4.1 and around 77F following a rise in temperature. The fry proved to be extremely difficult to raise.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Neotropical Ichthyology v. 14 (no. 4), pp [2], Figs. 1-3, 4a, 5a, 6-9.
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Last Update 2023 Mar 11 01:41 (species record created: 2017 Jan 22 23:10)