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Scientific Name Centromochlus heckelii  (De Filippi, 1853)
Common Name Driftwood Catfish
Type Locality Río Napo, Amazon River system, Peru.
Synonym(s) Auchenipterus heckelii, Centromochlus steindachneri
Pronunciation cent row MOCK luss - hek elle eye
Etymology Centromochlus: From the Greek kenteo, meaning sting and mochlos, meaning lever or crowbar; in reference to the long spines. 
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Size 139mm or 5.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Purus, Caeté (Acre) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Revue et Magasin de Zoologie (Sér. 2) v. 5, pp 167 [4].
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Last Update 2019 Sep 22 06:59 (species record created: 2006 Dec 26 12:48)