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Scientific Name Pterobunocephalus dolichurus  (Delsman, 1941)
Common Name Ghost Banjo Catfish
Type Locality Rio Trombetas, near Obidos, Amazon River basin, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Bunocephalus dolichurus, Petacara dolichura
Pronunciation terr oh BOON oh SEFF ah luss - doll ee KOOR uss
Etymology Pterobunocephalus: From the Greek pteron, meaning fin, and bunocephalus; in reference to the long anal fin. 
Article - CotM 2007 August
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Size 90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Smaller 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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Distribution Widespread 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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pH 5.8 - 7.0
Temperature 25.0-27.0°C or 77-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Will 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.
Furniture Sandy bottom with twigs or smaller bogwood as opposed to larger pieces. Plants are not uproots and are ignored.
Compatibility Entirely peaceful.
Suggested Tankmates Smaller 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.
Breeding Not recorded in captivity, but females are known to carry eggs attached to their stomach.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Mémoires du Musée royal d'histoire naturelle de Belgique (Ser. 2) No. 21, pp 77, Fig. 12.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 22 06:58 (species record created: 2001 Oct 12 00:00)