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Two New Genera and Species of Ancistrini (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Western Guiana Shield

Micracanthicus vandragti Soromonichthys stearleyi

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 03:15 PM

Nathan K. Lujan and Jonathan W. Armbruster (2011) Two New Genera and Species of Ancistrini (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Western Guiana Shield. Copeia: June 2011, Vol. 2011, No. 2, pp. 216-225.

Two new ancistrin genera and species are described from main channels and tributaries of the upper Orinoco River in Amazonas, Venezuela. Micracanthicus vandragti is black with white spots and distinguished by its small body-size, large gas-bladder capsules, and highly protrusible mandibles with short tooth cups and five to eight long teeth per tooth cup. The known range of Micracanthicus vandragti is restricted to the lower Ventuari River and portions of the Orinoco River near its rocky, anastomose confluence with the Ventuari River.

Soromonichthys stearleyi is green with small yellow-gold spots on the head and thin vertical bars on the body and has long dentary and premaxillary tooth cups with 39–69 teeth per tooth cup. It is distinguished by its coloration and by its unique pattern of plate loss on the snout: plates absent from mesethmoid surface and anteriormost margin of snout. Soromonichthys stearleyi is known only from Soromoni Creek, a northern tributary of the upper Orinoco draining southern slopes of Mount Duida.


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