All FishesAuchenipteridaeCentromochlinaeCentromochlus

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Scientific NameCentromochlus perugiae  Steindachner, 1882
Common NameOil Catfish
Type LocalityCanelos, E. Ecuador.
Synonym(s)Tatia perugiae
Pronunciationcent row MOCK luss - perr OO jee ae
EtymologyCentromochlus: From the Greek kenteo, meaning sting and mochlos, meaning lever or crowbar; in reference to the long spines. Specifically named for Albert Perugia, an Ichthyologist from Triest.
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Size 60mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
SexingMales have a modified anal fin similar to the gonopodium found in livebearing toothcarps. Females have a normal anal fin.
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DistributionSouth America: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature26.0-28.0°C or 78.8-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingThis fish is a surface-feeder. Suitable foods include frozen and freeze dried food and floating pellets.
FurnitureThis Centromochlus is a riverine species and is collected in relatively shallow water low in vegetation and high in rocks. This is reflecting in its unusual breeding habits (i.e. its unusual for a woodcat to lay eggs in a cave).
BreedingThe fish appears to use internal fertilization, and the female lays the fertilized eggs in a cave. For further details see this article in Shane's World.
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ReferencesAnz. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 19 (no. 19) - pp178
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Last Update2013 Mar 22 22:04 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)