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Lepthoplosternum beni Reis, 1997

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Unlike all other genera of subfamily Callichthyinae, the species of Lepthoplosternum are absent in the northern portion of the South American continent, north of the Rio Amazonas. The species are found in the upper Rio Amazonas in Peru (L. altamazonicum), middle Rio Madeira and the Madre de Dios, Peru (L. beni), Rio Paraguay (L. pectorale), and in the laguna dos Patos drainage (L. tordilho) in southern Brazil (Roberto E.Reis). Aquarium Care: Peacfull species which will do well in a planted tank with free swimming place. They can be quite easily housed in your planted community tank as they don't grow as large as thoracata or littorale and don't show any aggressive tendencies. Breeding: This small species is a bubble-nester, where the female deposits her eggs in floating plant material or a floating polystyrene lid. Will attempt to spawn in a community setup, but if they do it would be a good idea to move the pair to their own breeding tank to make sure that the spawning is successful, in that the fry will survive the attentions of the rest of the tank inmates. Males have thicker pectoral spnes. To read a report on breeding this genera you can go to the breeding article section for an indepth look at "how to do it". Diet: As with most "Hoplo's" a good varied diet of frozen, live and a good quality flake food. It will eat most things given and of course keeping up the water changes.

Common Name:







South America: Madeira River basin in the Beni region of Bolivia and Peru. Type locality: Peru: Madre de Dios: Tambopata Reserve (12º15'S, 69º17'W).


5.0cm (2ins)


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.
Reis, R.E., 1998. Systematics, biogeography, and the fossil record of the Callichthyidae: a review of the available data. p. 351-362. In L.R. Malabarba, R.E. Reis, R.P. Vari, Z.M.S. Lucena and C.A.S. Lucena (eds.) Phylogeny and classification of neotropical fishes. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS.
Reis, R.E. and C.C. Kaefer, 2005. Two new species of the neotropical catfish genus Lepthoplosternum (Ostariophysi: Siluriformes: Callichthyidae). Copeia 2005(4):724-731.



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