All FishesPseudopimelodidaeMicroglanis

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Scientific Name Microglanis iheringi  Gomes, 1946
Common Name
Type Locality Río Turmero, Aragua, Venezuela.
Etymology Micro - small, glanis - catfish - in reference to the rather small forms of catfish that this genus contains. 
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Identification The genus Microglanis was described by Eigenmann (1912) to include small pimelodids with the head as wide as long, the skull covered by skin only; the occipital crest small; frontal fontanel not extending much if any behind the eye, and a minute occipital fontanel sometimes present; eye without a free orbital margin; dorsal and pectoral spines well developed; and premaxillary patches of teeth without backward projecting angles.

M. iheringi is identified by having a pale yellowish base color with a dark black or brown saddle beneath the dorsal fin and with a small pale spot inside the saddle. The lower lobe of the caudal fin is slightly larger (with more soft rays) than the upper lobe. Because so few examples exist of this species collected from its type locality, there is little more reliable information on this species.
Sexing Well-conditioned females are conspicuously wider in the abdomen than similarly sized males.
General Remarks Real Microglanis iheringi from the Turmero basin in Venezuela are essentially non-existent in the aquarium hobby. To our knowledge, all fish sold as M. iheringi in the hobby are M. aff. iheringi, collected along the Orinoco basin, mostly in Eastern Colombia, rather than from Northern Venezuela. The Orinoco fish represent at least three different species of Microglanis, all similar to M. iheringi in color pattern but each distinct in its own way. These species vary in size from 5cm to over 7cm maximum SL.
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Distribution South America: Turmero River basin, Venezuela.
Valencia, Turmero (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Feeding Omnivorous.
Furniture Dense leafy vegetation such as provided by large clumps of Java fern or Amazon swords. Narrow cracks or holes in between rocks or wood are also used.
Compatibility Non aggressive and sociable with its own and other species.
Suggested Tankmates Virtually all good community fish, although any young fry present in the aquarium will be in extreme jeopardy - especially after dark.
Breeding Unreported for true M. iheringi, but reports exist for M. aff. iheringi.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan No. 494, pp 9, Pl. 1.
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Last Update 2023 Jan 30 10:12 (species record created: 2023 Jan 29 14:49)