Pseudobunocephalus is distinguished from
all other aspredinid genera by the following unique
features: mandibular teeth restricted to a patch near
symphysis of lower jaw; no contact between the metapterygoid
and quadrate; autopalatine posteriorly forked with
two separate cartilages; absence of the fourth pharyngobranchial;
absence of gill rakers on all branchial arches; and
lack of bifid hemal spines on vertebrae that articulate
with anal-fin pterygiophores. As defined Pseudobunocephalus
contain a new species, P. lundbergi from
the Orinoco River basin, along with five other species
previously assigned to the genus Bunocephalus:
P. amazonicus, P. bifidus, P.
and P. rugosus. Aquarium Care:
Very small species that can probably be kept as per
other members of this family with a quite tank with
sand and plants. Diet: Tablet foods
and small live foods. Entomology:
The generic name is a combination of the Greek word
pseudes, meaning false or deceptive, plus the aspredinid
genus Bunocephalus. It alludes to the fact
that members of this new genus have previously been
mistaken for juveniles of various species of Bunocephalus.
A new species is described from streams of the lower
Tocantins and the Mearim river drainages, in North
and Northeast of Brazil, Pseudobunocephalus
timbira Leão, Carvalho, Reis
& Wosiacki, 2019.
South America:Atlantic, Paraguay and Uruguay River basins.
Reported from the upper and tributaries of Paraña
in Argentina. Type Locality: Rio
Grande do Sul, Brazil.
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