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Scientific NamePseudostegophilus nemurus  (Günther, 1869)
Common NameJaguar Candiru
Type LocalityUpper Amazon River, Peru
Synonym(s)Stegophilus nemurus
PronunciationSue doh STEG oh fill uss - Nee MOO russ
EtymologyPseudostegophilus: From the Greek pseudes, meaning false, stego, meaning cover and philein, meaning to like; in reference to the resemblance to Stegophilus ("lover of cover", in reference to the secretive nature), another trichomycterid genus. The specific name comes from the Greek nema, meaning thread, and ouros, meaning tail, in reference to the filamentous extension of the upper caudal-fin lobe.
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationEasily distinguished by its elongate, shark-like appearance low underslung mouth and a series of bluish saddles along the body.
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DistributionAmazon river drainage
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.8 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersNeeds clean water.
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FeedingAn obligate parasite. This species feeds on the scales and mucus of other living fish and wil bite chunks out of other fishes kept with it. Will not accept any other foods.
FurnitureProvide some rocks and driftwood for it to shelter during the day.
CompatibilityBecause of the nature of its diet, this is a species only fish, that can not be kept with any fish other than prey/feeder fish.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesProceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1869 (pt 2), pp 429
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) Attu, (3) Brooklamprey (k: 13), who also notes: "These fish have been observed feeding on dead fish and fillet as well as frozen thawed fish.", (4) Emuz-Atik.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Articles
Article - CotM 2006 February
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Last Update2014 May 26 09:46 (species record created: 2005 May 26 00:00)