|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Lophiosilurus alexandri Steindachner, 1876|
|Common Names||Pac-man Catfish
Alexanders Breitmaulfisch (Germany), Pacamã (Brazilian)
|Type Locality||Probably Amazonus, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||alex ann dry|
|Etymology||Greek, lophos = crest + Greek, silouros = cat fish -> Crested catfish.|
|Size||800mm or 31.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Only smaller fish are similar to the Asian Chaca Frog mouthed cats. Otherwise this is an instantly recognisable fish.|
|General Remarks||A very interesting fish as it appears to be a very good example of parallel evolution. Compare with catfish of the Asian genus Chaca. The English common name 'Pac Man Catfish' is interesting as it obviosly and accurately compares this species with the yellow, large-mouthed and pellet gobbling arcade game character, but also it is a bastardisation of the Brazilian name for the fish, Pacamã. Furthermore, the source of that may be that Paco is a common nickname for Francisco (this species is only found in the Rio Sao Francisco) albeit commonly used in Spanish as opposed to Portuguese (typically Chico).|
|Distribution||Brazil: Rio Sao Francisco
São Francisco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Will eat dead and live fish. Frozen foods are also taken.|
|Furniture||A sandy bottom is all that is required for this fish.|
|Compatibility||Do not house with fish it can eat (which is anything less than half its size).|
|Breeding||Has been spawned in captivity.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe v. 74 (1. Abth.), pp 154 , Pl. 15.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 25 13:05 (species record created: 2002 Jul 18 00:00)|