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Acanthodoras spinosissimus (EIGENMANN & EIGENMANN, 1888)

Chocolate Talking Catfish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:26pm
Steven Grant

This species, which may also be referred to by the alternative vernacular names 'spiny catfish', 'painted talking catfish' or 'chocolate raphael', isn't particularly common in the trade and most often exported only as bycatch among shipments of Platydoras armatulus. It appears very similar to A. cataphractus with the most useful external distinguishing character being the presence of pale blotches on the dorsal surface, between the dorsal and caudal fins, in….

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Agamyxis pectinifrons (COPE, 1870)

Spotted Talking Catfish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:21pm
Håkon Haraldseide

This species, which may also be referred to by the alternative vernacular names 'spotted raphael', 'white-spotted' or 'white-barred' catfish, is very common in the trade and despite its adult size is recommended to beginners and experienced aquarists alike since it is hardy, attractive and relatively-long-lived. The light body markings are highly variable in terms of exact placement and may be either white or pale to darkish yellow in colour.

It is very similar i…

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Amblydoras nauticus (COPE, 1874)

Marbled Talking Catfish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:21pm
This species is often traded as A. hancockii, a name currently regarded synonymous with Platydoras hancockii.

This species was previously thought to be, and is often still sold as, A. hancockii, a name currently considered synonymous with Platydoras hancockii (Valenciennes 1840). It’s also known by the vernacular names of blue-eyed catfish or Hancock’s doradid, and in many ways is an ideal beginners’ catfish, being hardy and tolerant of a wide range of water conditions…

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Acanthodoras cataphractus (LINNAEUS, 1758)

Chocolate Talking Catfish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:21pm
Steven Grant

This species, which may also be referred to by the alternative vernacular names 'spiny catfish', 'painted talking catfish' or 'chocolate raphael', isn't particularly common in the trade and most often exported only as bycatch among shipments of Platydoras armatulus. It appears very similar to the congener A. spinosissimus with the most useful external distinguishing character being the presence of pale blotches on the dorsal surface, between the dorsal and caud…

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