|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Farlowella mariaelenae Martín Salazar, 1964|
|Common Name||Twig Catfish|
|Type Locality||Río Salinas, tributary of Río Pao Viejo, northeast of El Baúl, Estados Cojedes, Venezuela.|
|Pronunciation||far LOW ella|
|Etymology||Named after W. G. Farlow, from Harvard University.|
|Size||250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||A key to the genus Farlowella can be found HERE.
Commonly imported mixed in with the more common Farlowella vittata with which it shares its habitat. F. mariaelenae can be distinguished by its thinner rostrum and three, versus two in F. vittata, rows of belly scutes.
|Sexing||Males develop a thick growth of bristles along the rostrum during the breeding season.|
|Distribution||Found throughout the Venezuelan and Colombian llanos in the Orinoco drainages. Abundant in the Rios Apure, Meta, and Guaviare and their feeders.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Guaviare (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Apure (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|pH||6.4 - 7.8|
|Temperature||24.0-30.0°C or 75.2-86°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Found only in whitewaters and never blackwaters.|
|Feeding||Eats live, frozen, and dry foods. Relishes fresh vegetables such as cucumbers and squash.|
|Furniture||Found most commonly near the river banks in flooded vegetation or on overhanging branches. Adapts well to planted aquaria. Some driftwood should be available. Appreciates a slight amount of current.|
|Compatibility||Suitable for any tank in which its tankmates will leave it alone. Will not harm even the fry of other species.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Tetras or Rasboras are best. Avoid fast or ''nippy'' fishes such as Danios or Barbs. Will do well with Corydoras catfish, but larger catfish or cichlids are to be avoided.|
|Breeding||Assumed to spawn like the rest of the genus with the male guarding the eggs. It is unclear if it has been bred in aquaria to date as neither exporters, importers, nor most aquarists differentiate between F. mariaelenae and F. vittata.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Memoria de la Sociedad de Ciencias Naturales La Salle v. 24 (no. 69), pp 246, Fig. 1.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 25 12:36 (species record created: 2002 Jan 27 00:00)|