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Scientific NamePterobunocephalus dolichurus  (Delsman, 1941)
Common NameGhost Banjo Catfish
Type LocalityRio Trombetas near Obidos
Synonym(s)Bunocephalus dolichurus, Petacara dolichura
Pronunciationterr oh BOON oh SEFF ah luss - doll ee KOOR uss
EtymologyPterobunocephalus: From the Greek pteron, meaning fin, and bunocephalus; in reference to the long anal fin. 
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Size 90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSmaller then Bunocephalus species and can most readily be distinguished from that genus by the number of anal fin rays (11-20 in Pterobunocephalus vs. 5-10 in Bunocephalus).
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DistributionWidespread in the Orinoco, Amazon and Paraguay-Parana River systems
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paran√°, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.8 - 7.0
Temperature25.0-27.0°C or 77-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingWill eat prepared foods and enjoys frozen bloodworm. Food is only eaten as it crosses the path of this fish as it stays still even during feeding.
FurnitureSandy bottom with twigs or smaller bogwood as opposed to larger pieces. Plants are not uproots and are ignored.
CompatibilityEntirely peaceful.
Suggested TankmatesSmaller tetras are a good idea. Pencilfish are ideal. All lively fish that stick to the upper half of the tank are also a good mix. Avoid, or at least limit, the number of active fish that feed from the bottom. A good catfish to keep with the smaller or pygmy Corydoras species.
BreedingNot recorded in captivity, but females are known to carry eggs attached to their stomach.
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ReferencesMémoires du Musée royal d'histoire naturelle de Belgique (Ser. 2) No. 21, pp 77, Fig. 12.
Registered Keepers(1) Jools (k: 4), (2) lordotterby, (3) The.Dark.One, (4) Yann (k: 4), (5) Manon des sources, who also notes: "Still looking for new fishes .", (6) tamara (k: 4), (7) alpha (k: 2), (8) PepperVirginia.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2007 August
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Last Update2014 Apr 27 12:53 (species record created: 2001 Oct 12 00:00)