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  • Eremophilus mutisii
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Scientific NameEremophilus mutisii  Humboldt, 1805
Common NamesCapitán
Capitan De Bogota, Capitan De Sabana, Chimbe
Type LocalityBogota, Colombia.
Synonym(s)Trachypoma marmoratum
Pronunciationerr ee MO fill us - moo tiss ee aye
EtymologyEremophilus: 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.
IdentificationEremophilus differs from the similar, but much larger genus, Trichomycterus mainly by the absence of ventral fins.
SexingFemales are much fuller and have rounder bellies. This is easier to compare amongst a group.
General RemarksAn excellent food fish, which was introduced to the Ubate, Chiquinquirá and Tundama valleys. It is the only species of food fish that has been able to survive competition from introduced trout and carp species.
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DistributionBogotá basin, Colombia
Bogotá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusData Deficient
pH6.5 - 7.2
Temperature24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersWill 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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FeedingRequires 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.
FurnitureFine 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.
CompatibilityNot 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 TankmatesCorydoradinae, Bunocephalus and peaceful shoaling midwater tetras.
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ReferencesHumboldt and Bonpland's voyagev. 1 (Title page 1811) - pp18 - Pl. 6
Registered Keepers(1) RobDoran1.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2005 April
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Last Update2013 Jul 20 13:41 (species record created: 2003 Feb 08 00:00)