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|Scientific Name||Trachycorystes trachycorystes (Valenciennes, 1840)|
|Common Names||Iron Head Driftwood Catfish |
Black Driftwood Catfish, Black Woodcat
|Type Locality||Amazon River basin, Brazil.|
|Synonym(s)||Auchenipterus trachycorystes, Trachycorystes typus|
|Etymology||Trachycorystes: From the Greek trachys, meaning rough and korystes, meaning one armed with a helmet; in reference to the rugose cranial shield.|
|Size||350mm or 13.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||This Auchenipterid looks slender. It is the same colour all over (usually black) including the belly. Some report their fish having a brown colour, perhaps this is a different species. |
Even more striking is the protruding lower jaw that gives this species identity easily away.
|Sexing||Males have a genital papilla and do not grow as large as females. |
Males are also reported to develop thickened barbels and/or larger dorsal spines.
|General Remarks||Of the handful of Trachycorystes that are known to science,Trachycorystes trachycorystes is the usual one that is exported albeit on an irregular basis. See also K & B Teats, TFH Dec. 1986 pages 30-37.|
|Distribution||South America: Amazon River basin. |
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Nhamundá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|pH||6.4 - 7.0|
|Temperature||23.0-29.0°C or 73.4-84.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Generally undemanding.|
|Feeding||Everything that fits its (huge) mouth. Preferably live food and plenty of it. Larger frozen foods will also be eaten. No daphnia and such! |
Happily eats prepared foods too.
|Furniture||Large pieces of driftwood as hiding places. Yet these fish also need swimming space for their nocturnal escapades. |
Make sure tank covers are secured for this species may jump in the beginning.
|Compatibility||An aggressive fish that requires a species tank with plenty of refuges, as this species will also attack its own congeners when it feels like it (see Reference; TFH article by K & B Teats). |
Don't put smaller fish in the same tank, not even fish that may be able to defend themselves well: in the end, they will be killed.
|Suggested Tankmates||Only very large fish; certainly avoid slow moving species like (full grown) angelfish and fishes that would compete for refuge with this brute.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 214, Pl. 437.|
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|Last Update||2020 Sep 23 13:51 (species record created: 2005 Nov 23 00:00)|