Banjo Catfish

Bunocephalus spp. Family Aspredimdae.

Distribution Tropical South America east of the Andes from Venezuela to Argentina. Description Shape: low. very flat, something like c dragon kite in shape. Very long, compressed caudo peduncle. Caudal fin square-cut. Spine of pectora fins thickened and barbed A pairof barbels on the uppe: jaw, very long and reaching the pectoral fins. Two pair: of short barbels on the lower jaw. Rows of outgrowths o the skin along the sides of the body. Color: relative; uniform; according to mood, ranges from dark to lig" brown with dark spots and bands, also small light spots Lighter underside, often with spots. Size: 41-6 in (12-15 cm), sometimes more. Sexual differences unknown.

Environment Temperature: 68-77 °F (20-25aCi pH and water hardness: no special requirements Substrate: open surfaces of medium-grade sand Feeding Omnivorous.

Biology Behavior: during the day burrows in the sand Becomes active at dusk. Swims mostly on the water-je' principle, ejecting water with great force through the gill openings. Reproduction: digs hollows for spawning 3nd lays very large numbers ol eggs. Social life: unknown Compatibility: can be kept with all schooling fishes

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