received this nice headstander in the past years only very occasionally
in single specimens as bycatch from Venezuela. Most often the specimens
were intermixed in shipments of Anostomus ternetzi or Pseudanos
trimaculatus. Finally we were able to import directly a number of the
winterbottomi can reach a length of about 15 cm; so it belongs to the
group of medium-sized headstanders. The experiences we made with the
formerly imported single specimens showed that this species can be kept
like all other headstanders: they love well planted, large aquaria with a
lot of hiding places.
chemical composition of the water is of no meaning. One should keep
these fish at temperatures between 26 and 28°C. The best company are
other headstanders, like the already mentioned species, but P.
winterbottomi can also be kept with other, peaceful tetras, cichlids and
catfish. One should keep in mind that headstanders need some vegetables
in their food, otherwise they will destroy waterplants. The species
accepts readily any usual food for ornamental fishes.
our customers: the species has code 283744 on our stocklist. Please
note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in
limited numbers only!
Lexicon: Pseudanos: means “false
Anostomus”. winterbottomi: dedication name for Richard Winterbottom,
curator emeritus for ichthyology at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.
Suggestion of a common name: Striped Bambi Headstander
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer