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Synaptolaemus latofasciatus (STEINDACHNER, 1910)

March 5th, 2013 — 9:52am

This species was described from a single specimen and included in the genus Leporinus until 2011 at which point the holotype was examined and recognised as corresponding to the fish described as Synaptolaemus cingulatus (Myers & Fernández-Yépez, 1950).

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Leporinus friderici BLOCH, 1794

Threespot Leporinus

March 4th, 2013 — 10:42am

This species was described from Suriname but no specific locality was given.

It’s currently accepted to occur throughout much of the Amazon river system in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia with additional records from coastal drainages of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana plus the island of Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago).

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Leporinus copelandii STEINDACHNER, 1875

February 27th, 2013 — 4:20pm

Type locality is giev as ‘Rio Parahyba and tributaries at Mendez; Juiz de Fora; River Doce; River São Matheos; Rio Jequitinhonha; Rio Quenda at Santa Cruz’, all of which pertain to localities within the Paraíba do Sul and Doce river systems in Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states, southeastern Brazil.

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Leporinus brunneus MYERS, 1950

February 27th, 2013 — 3:32pm

Décor is relatively unimportant and maintenance simple provided sufficient space is available.

A natural-style arr…

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Leporinus arcus EIGENMANN, 1912

Lipstick Leporinus

February 27th, 2013 — 1:56pm

Type locality is ‘Tukeit, Guyana’, and this species is known from various river drainages of Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana including the Orinoco, Essequibo, and upper Courantyne (aka Corantijn) basins.

Additional records exist from the upper Amazon basin in Guyana, these presumably corresponding to the Takutu river basin, itself part of the upper rio Branco.

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Leporellus vittatus (VALENCIENNES, 1850)

February 27th, 2013 — 12:02pm

Type locality is given simply as ‘Amazon River, Brazil’ and according to current thinking this species has a huge natural range encompassing the Amazon River system in Brazil and Peru plus the Paraná-Paraguay drainage in southern Brazil and Paraguay and rio São Francisco basin in southern Brazil.

Specimens in our images were collected fro…

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Laemolyta taeniata (KNER, 1858)

Striped Headstander

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

L. taeniata is the largest-growing and second most widely-distributed member of the genus although it’s a rarely-seen in the aquarium trade.

It can be distinguished from all congeners since it uniquely possesses 5 lateral scale rows between the lateral line and dorsal-fin origin (vs. 4 or 6–8 in the remaining species).

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Anostomus ternetzi FERNÁNDEZ-YÉPEZ, 1949

Ternetz's Anostomus

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

This species is widely-distributed in the Río Orinoco system in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela plus coastal drainages in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana including the Essequibo and Mazaruni.

Type locality is ‘Palital, Estado Guárico, Venezuela’ which appears to correspond to a wetland called Esteros de Palital in the Aguaro-Guariquito National Park of Guárico state, northern Venezuela.

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Leporinus fasciatus (BLOCH, 1794)

Banded Leporinus

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

This species is also referred to as ‘black-anded leporinus’, ‘striped leporinus’ and ‘eight-banded leporinus’.

Young specimens are often traded for aquaria without warning as to their potential size and requirements, and as a result it’s fairly ubiquitous in public aquarium displays.

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Abramites hypselonotus (GÜNTHER, 1868)

Marbled Headstander

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

Abramites spp. are separated from other anostomids primarily on the basis of their relatively deeper bodies and presence of a prominent, post-pelvic median keel, a feature unique to the genus.

At time of writing A. eques is the only other species recognised and is native to the Río Magdalena drainage in western Colombia.

It can be distinguished by possession of 13-14 bra…

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