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NFC: Re: mystery exotic catfish taken on Titusville FL weekendfishing trip

Jim Capelle wrote: 

>>   Well as I see Chris is taken care of the picture, my vote 
>>  is now Pauauchenipterus galeatus by looking at the tail 
>>  shape and coloring showing today.

Pauauchenipterus galeatus ?  Is that spelling correct?  How 'bout "Parauchenipterus galeatus" (aka the Driftwood Catfish) ?  I can't find a picture of that on the web, though. 

Chris' pictures are good on shape and color (light red-brown) of the fish as seen in the tank, but the fresh-caught-in-the-hand coloration was much more festive ....it didn't strike me as a brown fish at all, it was greenish-purple-ish with bright green-apple patches on the gill cover and face, with long (1/2" on a 2" fish) black barbels. (I wasn't sure it even had 2 prs of barbels until I saw 'em swimming in a tank, but it does.) Cross-section distinctly triangular, like a corydoras. Definitely has a major-league stand-up dorsal fin. May be a juvenile of course, which could complicate things. (Mine are still in a water mix that's still 60% the dark tannic water they came from, so I can't see 'em clearly enough yet to give a much better description.)

I don't see anything on the USGS's "Nonindigenous Aquatic Species" website ( http://nas.er.usgs.gov/  ), or the Florida IFAS section on exotic fish, that strikes me as being likely to be this fish.  Some of the USGS-NAS listings don't have a picture of the fish in question though, and I personally have no knowledge of "aquarium catfish" to bring to bear on this ID problem. They don't document Par. galeatus as being found in Florida. (Not that that means it's not, of course.)

Chris (Guppenberger) ==>  Did you send copies of the Exo-Cat (tm) pictures to your USGS exotics contact ?


Doug Dame
Interlachen FL USA