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Scientific Name Bunocephalus verrucosus  (Walbaum, 1792)
Common Names Craggy Banjo Catfish
High-back Banjo
Type Locality No locality stated.
Synonym(s) Agmus lyriformis, Agmus scabriceps, Aspredo gronovii, Bunocephalicthys verrucosus scabriceps, Platystacus verrucosus, Silurus verrucosus
Pronunciation boon oh SEFF ah luss
Etymology Bunocephalus: From the Greek bounos, meaning hill and kephale, meaning head; in reference to the bumps on the head of the fish, which is particularly marked in some species. 
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Size 95mm or 3.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification A high, ridged back distinguishes this species from other common banjo catfish imports. Also, the coracoid process extends back nearly to the origin of the pelvic fin; longer than the coracoid of Bunocephalus coracoideus.
Sexing Females have a rounder belly when look from above, especially in the region of the starting of the caudal peduncle.
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Distribution South America: rivers of Guyana and the Amazon River basin.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes) (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2020.
pH 5.8 - 7.6
Temperature 21.0-26.0°C or 69.8-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters No special requirements in regard to water parameters. Preferably no nitrites and nitrates as low as possible.
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Feeding Unproblematic, the fish accepts most foods. Best fed after lights out. Only settled or very hungry fish will search for food during the daylight hours. Once accustomed, can be hand feed. When hand feeding can be fed any time, even with the lights on. User data.
Furniture A sandy substrate is suggested although this species doesn't readily burrow; you could experiment with leaf litter. Appears equally at home in dense vegetation and resorts to burrowing if no other cover available.
Compatibility Peaceful. Care should be taken not to house this fish with any species that may seriously deprive it of food.
Breeding Some reports exist that these fish lay their eggs in the roots of floating plants. Exactly how the fish reach these positions high in the water column is not recorded. Although seemingly far-fetched, this report may go some way to explaining young fishes love of hiding in leafy plants.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Petri Artedi sueci genera piscium Part 3, pp 574.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 24 04:45 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)