Tag Archives: Doradidae

Tenellus trimaculatus

23. November 2018

From Peru we have received this nice catfish, which can be recognized by its species-typical pattern: A black spot at the base of the dorsal fin, two at the middle base of the caudal fin. The species name also refers to this (trimaculatus = with three spots). The peaceful animal becomes about 10 cm long. Its behaviour is best compared to that of Corydoras. Tenellus trimaculatus is a social animal, which appreciates the company of conspecifics. Therefore, one should always maintain at least five specimens together; in the absence of conspecifics, the catfish joins also other, similar species. The large eye shows that it is a twilight active catfish. In the lower half of the eye there is a “residual light amplifier” which causes in the lower half of the iris a “red-eye effect” when a flash is used. We have corrected this in most photos, only in one we have left it to demonstrate the effect.

For our customers: the animals have code 295992 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Rhynchodoras woodsi

9. June 2017

Only very rarely members of the enigmatic genus Rhynchodoras (family Doradidae) appear in the ornamental fish trade. It is believed that these fish live in the very riverbed where collectors of ornamental fishes usually do not fish at all. All species of Rhynchodoras have a strange appendix on the jaw that looks like a share; the function of this structure is unknown.

Three species are currently recognized in the genus, none of them is reported from Peru so far; our fish are from Peru. It is nevertheless very likely that our specimens belong to  Rhynchodoras woodsi, a species described in 1976 from the Rio Pastaza basin in Ecuador. It is reported so far (despite Ecuador) from the Amazon basin in Brazil (not in the rivers Xingu and Tocantins) and Guyana. Maximum length reported is 10.5 cm, our fish are currently 3-4 cm long.

For our customers: the fish have code 287511 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in small numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer