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Auchenipterichthys punctatus (Valenciennes, 1840)

Image contributors to this species:

Garold W.Sneegas (1) Allan James (2) Erlend D. Bertelsen (1)

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Relevant Information:

Auchenipterichthys punctatus is most similar in appearance to A. longimanus, which differs from A. punctatus primarily in lacking distinct, dark spots covering the head or body. Auchenipterichthys punctatus is readily distinguished from its other two congeners, A. coracoideus and A. thoracatus, which have coracoids that are covered ventrally only by a thin layer of integument and appear to be exposed to the surface, the anterior teeth on premaxilla are visible in the closed mouth and, typically, eight (rarely nine) branched pelvic-fin rays (Ferraris et.al. 2005). Remarks: At the northernmost collecting site (altitude of about 150 m) along upper Rio Negro, the water was blackish, over rocky bottoms. Stomach contents of four specimens indicate a diet consisting mainly of insect nymphs and adults. (Soares-Porto, L.M. 1994).

Common Name:



Auchenipterichthys dantei, Auchenipterus punctatus




South America: Upper Orinoco River and Upper Amazon River basins, including the Negro River.


15.0cm. (6ins)


23-25°c (73-77°f.)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Soares-Porto, L.M. 1994 Auchenipterichthys dantei, a new species of catfish from the Amazon Basin (Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 5(3):281-287.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., Vari, P. Richard and Raredon, J.Sandra; Catfishes of the genus Auchenipterichthys (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae); a revisionary study. Neotropical Ichthyology, 3(1):89-106, 2005.



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