Ageneiosus cf. atronasus

5. December 2011

For the first time ever we received now this interesting doplhin catfish from Peru. In contrast to many of its congeneers this species stays relatively small and reaches only 12 cm in total length. Thus it is suitable also for normal sized home aquaria. However, one should always keep in mind that these catfishes are predatory fish and that tankmates must not be too small. Otherwise the dolphin cat is a peaceful species.

During breeding season the males develope very long dorsal spines that are used while mating to fix the female. There is an internal insemination, but most details regarding the natural history of these interesting fishes are still unknown.

For our customers: the fish have code 202902 on our stocklist.Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Ageneiosus: from ancient Greek, means “without a beard”; this refers to the fact hat the barbels are usually hidden and cannot be observed externally. atronasus: Latin, means “with a black nose”.

Suggestion of a common name: smut nose dolphin cat

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Peru
Verfügbare Größe in cm 5 - 6