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Scientific Name Platydoras armatulus  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Names Humbug Catfish
Chokladmal (Sweden), Hvidstribet Tornmalle (Denmark), Striped Raphael Catfish, Striped Talking Catfish
Type Locality Río Paraná, but not below 27°30'S, South America.
Synonym(s) Doras armatulus
Pronunciation pla tee doh russ - are mat you luss
Etymology Platydoras: From the Greek platys, meaning flat, and doras, meaning skin (also a word commonly used in forming generic names for doradids); in reference to the depressed head. 
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Size 200mm or 7.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification This species has been misidentified as Platydoras costatus for decades, only in late 2008 was it recognised as P. armatulus. Orinocodoras eigenmanni can sometimes be offered for sale labeled as a Striped Raphael Cat or suchlike. This contaminant is most easily distinguished by its longer, more elongate snout and longer adipose fin. The contrasting white stripes on Platydoras armatulus are also considerably brighter, particularly on youngsters.
Sexing Adult females are wider when viewed from above.
General Remarks Talking catfishes get their common name from noises they make, mostly at night, by grinding their pectoral fin bone in its "socket". Click here to listen to this species.
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Distribution South America: Paraná River basin.
La Plata, Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Piauí Rivers, Parnaíba (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2020.
pH 6.0 - 7.5
Temperature 23.0-30.0°C or 73.4-86°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Slightly softer water is beneficial but not essential.
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Feeding All aquarium fish foods, sinking catfish tablets offer the best method of getting food to the fish. Bloodworm and high protein dry food are also favourites. Try delivering food at night. User data.
Furniture Caves or pipes are a requirement if this fish is to avoid long-term stress or the possibility of mistaking a heater for safe refuge.
Compatibility An ideal community fish, peaceful but rugged.
Suggested Tankmates Anything from tetras to cichlids, preferably South American, but will mix with all community fish.
Breeding Fry have been found in the aquarium, however spawning behaviour was not observed and is therefore unknown.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 275.
Registered Keepers There are 6 registered keepers, view all "my fish" data.
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Last Update 2021 Jan 10 07:53 (species record created: 2001 Apr 28 00:00)