Royal Twig Catfish Sturisomatichthys aureus/ Sturisoma aureum

Royal Twig Catfish
Royal Twig Catfish
Royal Twig Catfish underside
The Royal Twig Catfish, also called the Giant Whiptail Pleco, is native to clear, flowing streams of the lower lower Magdalena basin in Colombia. It grows to 20cm long.
Royal Twig Catfish
Royal Twig Catfish
Royal Twig Catfish underside
It looks similar to S. nigrirostrum, also called Twig Catfish and Whiptail Pleco and growing to 22cm long; however nigrirostrum has a dark brown underside to its snout (and is native to Río Ucayali, Peru).
Royal Twig Catfish
Royal Twig Catfish
Royal Twig Catfish underside
They often "walk" on their pectoral, pelvic and anal fins rather than swimming. The male tends the fertilised eggs (cleans, fans and guards them) until they hatch.