|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Bunocephalus verrucosus (Walbaum, 1792)|
|Common Names||Craggy Banjo Catfish
|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.|
- CotM 2010 November
|Size||100mm or 3.9" 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.|
|Distribution||South America : Central Amazon basin
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|References||Petri Artedi sueci genera piscium Part 3, pp 574.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 14 03:45 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)|