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Scientific Name Eremophilus mutisii  Humboldt, 1805
Common Names Capitán
Capitan De Bogota, Capitan De Sabana, Chimbe
Type Locality Río Bogotá, tributary of Río Magdalena, Colombia.
Synonym(s) Trachypoma marmoratum
Pronunciation err ee MO fill us - moo tiss ee aye
Etymology Eremophilus: From the Greek, eremos, meaning solitary and philein, meaning to like; in reference to the secretive nature. 
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Eremophilus differs from the similar, but much larger genus, Trichomycterus mainly by the absence of ventral fins.
Sexing Females are much fuller and have rounder bellies. This is easier to compare amongst a group.
General Remarks An excellent food fish, which is the only species of food fish that has been able to survive competition from introduced trout and carp species.
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Distribution South America: Bogotá River basin. Probably introduced into Ubaté, Chinquinquirá and Tundama valleys, Colombia.
Bogotá (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
pH 6.5 - 7.2
Temperature 24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Will withstand cooler or warmer temperatures for a short period of time. They don't like very strong current in the aquarium and seem to enjoy much more calmer surroundings.
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Feeding Requires a good supply of frozen foods. They don't seem to accept any dry foods. Homemade foods containing vegetables, shrimps and other food stuffs is accepted.
Furniture Fine sand is best and it is better to avoid sharp objects in aquarium as their skin is very delicate and prone to scratches. Oak leaves or other tree leaves at the bottom gives an aquarium very natural biotope look and offers many welcomed hiding places.
Compatibility Not a true parasitic catfish, Eremophilus are very quiet and peaceful. You should never house them with rough and territorial company. They don't bother anybody or do not try to hunt down even the smallest of fishes.
Suggested Tankmates Corydoradinae, Bunocephalus and peaceful shoaling midwater tetras.
Breeding Unknown
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Voyage de Humboldt et Bonpland, Deuxième partie v. 1, pp 35, Pl. 6.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 16 02:01 (species record created: 2003 Feb 08 00:00)