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Homaloptera stephensoni

by Martin Thoene last modified Nov 29, 2006 08:41 PM


Homaloptera stephensoniScientific name: Homaloptera stephensoni (Hora, 1932)

Common name: Lizard fish, Lizard catfish, Gecko fish

Synonyms: None

Distribution: Indonesia,  Kapuas and Mahakam in Borneo. Segama River, Malaysia

Sexual Dimorphism: Unknown, Females are probably more plump with a broader body.

Maximum size: 2.5 inches (6.5 cm)

Similar to: Homaloptera smithi

Care: Typical hillstream conditions. This species needs clean, well oxygenated water with a strong flow. There should be plenty of flat stones on which the fish can rest and plenty of hiding places. Driftwood, caves, broad leaved plants, and pieces of slate leaned against the tank glass provide refuge for this somewhat shy species.

Feeding: Bloodworms and brine shrimp will probably the preferred food of this species. Most processed fish foods are often ignored by similar species.

Water parameters: pH:6.4 -7.5 Hardness: medium Max dh: 12

Temperature: 70ºF to 76ºF (21-25°C)

Breeding: There is no record of this species breeding in captivity.


Homaloptera stephensoni may not have been specifically exported for the aquarium trade, but it is possible that it may appear as a contaminant in other species of fish from the same area.

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