Rivulus stagnatus, Eigenmann 1909


Alternative name Anablepsoides stagnatus.

This is one of the 6 Rivulid species that were described after the expedition by Eigenmann into the Guyana interior in 1908. The others were Rivulus breviceps, R. holmiae, R. waimacui, R. lanceolatus and R. frenatus.

Christianburg is a small town at left bank of the the Demarare River south from the capital Georgetown. It is fused nowadays with Linden at the right bank by a bridge. ( Linden was also called Macenzie).

The species lives in open grassland that is part of swamps and waterbodies, mostly full exposed to the sun. There are many of this places around Linden and Christianburg.

The identification is complex as there are a number of look- alikes south of this city that are different also in a way. In the future I will focus on the status of those different species by the possiblity of taking DNA sequenses of all of them.

Rivulus (Anablepsoides) stagnatus - male. Cristianburg/Linden, Guyana. Image made by F. Vermeulen.
Rivulus (Anablepsoides) stagnatus - female. Cristianburg/Linden, Guyana. Image made by F. Vermeulen.


Keeping and breeding is easy but a good cover of the aquarium is necessary because there ability to jump, even true the smallest opening, is unbelievable.

This species can, if there is enough space for them, housed in a tank with more males than one only and several females. If separated before and brought together again however, they can be very agressive to each other and fight to become dominant to others. The best way to have much offspring is to put a pair or an trio in a small tank from 10 liters with a small filter in it or with some airation. On the bottom some peat moss or dark gravel and a floating "mop" to give space for laying there eggs. The fish will, if they become a rich varity of life food, spawn during there whole adult life and produce daily between 5 to 15 eggs.

The eggs should be collected by hand and stored for about 14 days in a small container. Eggs are 1.6 mm and amber colored. It is wise, to add to the water you store the eggs in, some acryflavine to provent fungus coming up.


After hatching the young fry can eat fresh artemia nauplii without any problem. It takes 4 to 5 months to raise them to maturity. Often the number of males is far above the number of females. For some species this can become a major problem for the breeder as he has to raise many young fishes and so become able to distribute a few pairs to other hobbyists. Recent personal tests laerned that lower pH levels during the time of hatching gave a higher percentage of females. To achieve this I use some peat moss that I add to the container with the egss just before they are ready to hatch. This peat moss also is a good way to prevent eggs to become attact by fungusses.

There lifespan can be up to 3 years in captivity.

Remarks :


Rivulus (Anablepsoides) stagnatus - Male. Brokopondo, Surinam. (SU 2003.12)



Max. size 6.0 cm.
Dorsal 8.0,
Anal 13.0,
D/A 11.0,
LL scale count (average)40.1
Pre- dorsal length to % SL – 79.0 %
Depth to % SL – 19.0 %



Eigenmann, C.H. 1909a. Reports on the Expedition to British Guiana of the Indiana University and Carnegie Museum, 1908. Report no. 1. Some new Genera and Species of Fishes from British Guiana. Ann. Carnegie Mus., 6 (1): 50.

  (PDF) For Eigenmann's "Memories of the Carnegie Museum" Vol. 5 (Be aware this PDF has 826 Pages !!)