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Scientific NameAcrochordonichthys rugosus  (Bleeker, 1847)
Common NameAsian Banjo Catfish
Type LocalityJava, Indonesia.
Synonym(s)Acrochordonichthys buettikoferi, Acrochordonichthys platycephalus, Acrochordonichthys varius, Acrochordonichthys zonatus, Pimelodus rugosus, Pimelodus zonatus
Pronunciationack roe KOR don ick thees - rue GO suss
EtymologyAcrochordonichthys: From the Greek akrochordon, meaning wart, and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the tuberculate skin. rugosus alludes to the rough textured skin of this species.
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Size 110mm or 4.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationCatfish of the genus Acrochordonichthys are cryptically coloured species generally found at the bottoms of rivers throughout Southeast Asia. They have a highly rugose skin with tubercles arranged in longitudinal rows along the side of the body, a long low adipose fin and an emarginate caudal fin.

Generally dark brown with many irregular light brown patches.
SexingDifficult to sex. Males have a more slender genital papilla immediately in front of anus. Females tend to be larger and fuller-bodied.
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DistributionAsia: Peninsular Malaysia and the Greater Sunda Islands (except northeast Borneo).
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, Western Borneo Waters, Kapuas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indonesian Waters, Citarum (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, Barito (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters, Musi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters, Pahang (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters, Selangor (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters, Terengganu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.0 - 7.0
Temperature18.0-25.0°C or 64.4-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersRequires fairly well-oxygenated water and a strong current is preferred.
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FeedingAmbush predator. Easily adapts to a diet of frozen food and pellets in the aquarium. May eat small bottom dwellers.
FurnitureInhabits clear, swiftly flowing forested streams with sandy or rocky bottoms; hides under submerged logs or rocks with some leaf litter in the swifter parts of the stream. The fish does appear to move about after dark, as it is often found wedged under cover during the day. Driftwood and rocks seem to be their favorite cover, so provide plenty of these.
CompatibilityAmbush predator. Avoid small bottom dwelling tankmates (see Feeding).
Suggested TankmatesSuitable for a community tank. Ideal tankmates are active mid-water fish such as barbs and rasboras. Will not do well in a tank with many bottom dwellers, as they tend to be outcompeted for food due to their lethargy.
BreedingNot known.
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ReferencesVerh. Batav. Genootsch. Kunst. Wet.v. 21 - pp11
Registered Keepers(1) Jools (k: 2), (2) Silurus, (3) NC24, (4) JamieH (k: 2), (5) amiidae.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Articles
Article - CotM 2003 March
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Last Update2010 Oct 02 04:52 (species record created: 2005 Oct 01 00:00)