Shane's World Right Arrow Geography

A collection of articles by various authors on the catfish of different regions of the world. Features Shane's Venezuela Diary. There are 41 Geography articles, listed by date written. Alternatively, list by popular articles.

A Scotsman in the Xingu
Pt 1 • Rockpooling in paradise by Julian Dignall (uploaded November 22, 2020)
Since the 1990's, getting to this Brazilian river has been on the author's mind. Much more recently, it became a reality.

In Search of Corydoras boesemani by Ingo Seidel (uploaded June 28, 2010)
A first trip to unfamiliar Surinam provides the author with the opportunity to document the habitat and aquarium care and breeding of this pretty species.

In search of Corydoras carlae by Hans-Georg Evers (uploaded April 02, 2010)
Collecting trips to Argentina are uncommon at least in relation to several other South American countries. This article details the search by a multinational group of aquarists for an even more uncommon Cory.

Uganda Diaries
Pt 2 • Uganda's Papyrus Swamps by Shane Linder (uploaded January 25, 2010)
In which our intrepid correspondent checks out this new, and quintessentially African, central African biotope.

Uganda Diaries
Pt 1 • Lake Nabugabo by Shane Linder (uploaded September 28, 2009)
An initial foray into Ugandan waters turns up a familiar face.

My First Collecting Trip by Amanda Parker (uploaded December 28, 2008)
A personal account of a first time at the riverbank.

Exploring West Bengal for aquarium fishes by Antti Vuorela (uploaded April 14, 2007)
India is a remarkable country, equally remarkable are its aquarium fishes. Specifically catfishes are detailed by our intrepid correspondents in this report from but a corner of this vast country.

The Catfishes of Asia Series
Pt 5 • Exotic Imports by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)


Catfishes From The Rift Lakes Of Africa by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
List of the various catfishes known to exist in these huge lakes.

The Peru 2000 Series
Pt 2 • Fish List by Julian Dignall (uploaded January 01, 2002)
A pictorial account of our webmasters first visit to South America. Plenty of catfish and much more besides.

The Catfishes of Asia Series
Pt 2 • Family Bagridae (contd.) by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)


The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 12 • Rio Guarico in the Dry Season by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Large whiptails abound as Shane enlists the help of some locals in catfish collection.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 6 • Rio Zuata and Giant Chaetostoma by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
A surprise awaits in this diary entry - the collection of a giant Chaetostoma - this prompts thoughts on a biotope aquarium for it.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 10 • Notes on some Venezuelan fishes by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
A chance encounter with another Aquarist brings some interesting information to light.

Brazilian Parotocinclus by Hans-Georg Evers (uploaded January 01, 2002)
A large article on certain representatives of this small suckermouth genus. Also includes discussion of a few other loricariids.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 2 • Around the Rio Guaire by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
First encounter with Corydoras and more besides.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 14 • Rio Santo Domingo / Rio Tinaco :: Pt II by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Great Pleco collecting is the order of the day in the second instalment of this article.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 1 • Beginnings by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Everything has to start somewhere.

Catfish Spelunking in Mexico by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Spelunking is the pursuit of exploration of caves, pot-holes and, in this case, Mexican cenotes with their own peculiar catfish in residence.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 11 • Casa Maria by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Where Shane finds 'paradise' in a surprising location.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 8 • Rio Tarma by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
More catfish catches including an encounter with a broody bristlenose.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 9 • L106, L122 and other adventures by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)


The Peru 2000 Series
Pt 1 • Overview by Julian Dignall (uploaded January 01, 2002)


The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 18 • The Flooded Llanos by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Some fascinating notes on this seasonal habitat and some somber ones on Sept. 11th.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 19 • The Rios Aragua and Tuy by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Collecting these locations turns up more Chaetostoma and leads the author to further ID successes.

The Peru 2000 Series
Pt 4 • Robin's Pictures by Robin Warne (uploaded January 01, 2002)


The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 16 • Rios Tuy and Guare by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)


The Catfishes of Asia Series
Pt 3 • Family Bagridae (contd.) by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)


The Catfishes of Asia Series
Pt 1 • Family Bagridae by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
A five page article introducing the various families from this geographic region with emphasis on the taxonomy of the fishes involved.

The Catfishes of Asia Series
Pt 4 • Family Chacidae by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)


Collecting Noturus by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Similar to the ''Collecting Ictalurids'' article, but with specific habitat information for this North American native.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 3 • Return to the Rio Zuata by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Where our intrepid host encounters some Loricariids and enlists the help of some locals in their capture.

Indian Subcontinent Catfish Bibliography by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Brief notes on a selection of books and papers containing more information on these fish.

The Peru 2000 Series
Pt 3 • Jools' Pictures by Julian Dignall (uploaded January 01, 2002)


The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 7 • Fishing for Hypostomus by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
A fascinating account of how locals fish for Hypostomus catfish burrowed in river bank walls.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 13 • Rio Santo Domingo / Rio Tinaco :: Pt I by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
More collecting turns up some Corydoras, which prompts a discussion on wild fish colouration.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 4 • Cano Canoa by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
In which more catfish captures are made at a different location in Northern Venezuela.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 5 • Rio Guarico by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
More catfish collections and thoughts on a river biotope set-up.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 15 • The hunt for Farlowella acus by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
An excellent account of this locate and collect mission to document the habitat of this commonly misidentified catfish.

The Venezuelan Diary Series
Pt 17 • Rio Guapo and Cano Mendoza by Shane Linder (uploaded January 01, 2002)
Shane takes a new recruit in search of fish (namely Piranha or Caribe as they are known locally) and gets a local lesson in biological filtration.

Wild Caught Ictalurids by Shane Linder (uploaded October 30, 1998)
Insight into a collecting trip (October 1998) for native fishes in South East Virginia, USA. This has been updated with more information from another trip (July 1999) to the same locality.