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Scientific NameTetranematichthys wallacei  Vari & Ferraris, 2005
Common NamesWallace's Shoe Head Catfish
Driftwood Catfish
Type LocalityBrazil, Amazonas, upper Rio Negro, Sao Pedro, mouth of Igarape do Ibara, approximately 0 15
EtymologyTetranematichthys: From the Greek tetra, meaning four, nema, meaning filament, and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the number of barbels. 
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Size 206mm or 8.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
General RemarksThis is the species, probably exclusively, but certainly by far the most commonly, imported.
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DistributionSouth America: Rivers Tocantins, Negro, Tapajos, Arirara and Jau, Amazon basin and Rio Orinoco basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (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, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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ReferencesVari, R. P. and C. J. Ferraris, Jr. 2006. The Catfish Genus Tetranematichthys (Auchenipteridae). Copeia, 2: 168-180.
Registered Keepers(1) Martin S, who also notes: "Died.", (2) wrasse, who also notes: "Eats small earthworms/ feeder fish. Refuses all other foods. Extremely nocturnal. Although will take food during the day when presented in front of its mouth!!! Makes me jump when it snaps!", (3) Altifrons.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2010 December
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:16 (species record created: 2006 Dec 25 11:59)