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Scientific Name Tatia galaxias  Mees, 1974
Common Names Milky Way Woodcat
Milchstraßen-Trugdornwels (Germany)
Type Locality Caño de Quiribana into Río Orinoco, Venezuela.
Pronunciation TA tee ah - GAL axe ee ass
Etymology Tatia: Named after the ichthyologist C. Tate Regan. 
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Size 90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification T. galaxias is often confused with T. intermedia, and fish in shops is often labeled T. galaxias when it is in fact T. intermedia. Both species have dark base with light spots, but on T. intermedia the spots are off-white and fade with age. In T. galaxias the spots are bright white, and the body velvety black. The body shape of T. galaxias is also more slender.
Considered by some authors to be a sub-species of the very similar T. aulopygia.
Sexing Mature males exhibit modified anal fin copulatory organ.
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Distribution South America: Middle 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 22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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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.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zoologische Verhandelingen (Leiden) No. 132, pp 85, Fig. 23.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 28 05:41 (species record created: 2001 Sep 23 00:00)