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Scientific Name Dianema urostriatum  (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1912)
Common Names Flag Tail Porthole Catfish
Flag Tail Hoplo, Flagtail Catfish, Halestribet Pansermalle (Denmark), Schwielenwels (Germany)
Type Locality Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Decapogon urostriatum
Pronunciation die ah NEE mah - you row stree at ah
Etymology Dianema: From the Greek di-, meaning two and nema, meaning filament; in reference to the long maxillary barbels. 
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Size 125mm or 4.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Horizontal black / white alternating stripes on tail fin, the only other member of the genus has a clear caudal fin and is generally smaller.
Sexing Females are more heavily bodied than males.
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Distribution Brazilian rivers, creeks and pools.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 8.0
Temperature 25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Somewhat fussy, this fish should be acclimatized in slightly soft water, pH around 6.0 - 6.5. One settled is much more accommodating.
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Feeding Will take a variety of prepared foods, flake and frozen, for maintenance.
Furniture Caves (rock or pipe), plants are often used as resting places in mid-water.
Compatibility Very docile fish, mid-water swimmer; an ideal larger catfish for the community aquarium.
Breeding Possible. Must feed live foods and run through dry season / wet season cycle. Eggs attached to floating cover, placed in circular grouping similar to Corys with similarly sized eggs. No bubble nest was present at time of spawning.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Matto-Grosso Annexo no. 5 - pp15
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 16:05 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)