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Heptapterus mandimbusu Aguilera, Benitez, Terán, Alonso & Mirande, 2017

Image contributors to this species:

Guillermo Terán (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

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Relevant Information:

Heptapterus mandimbusu (2017), is a new species of heptapterid catfish from a small tributary of the Uruguay River Basin in Misiones-Argentina. This new species is distinguished from all other congeners by the unique colouration pattern with aggregated melanophores scattered on dorsal and lateral surface of body, forming conspicuous size-variable blotches, and the combination of a long interdorsal distance (13.8–18.9 % SL), 14-18 anal-fin rays, short maxillary barbels (52.2-74.5% HL), and the adipose fin confluent with caudal fin. (Aguilera, G., M. Benitez, G.E. Terán, F. Alonso & J.M. Mirande 2017). Aquarium Care: Not usually kept in aquaria but there is a report that H. leptos was kept on a soft substrate with subdued lighting as they are quite secretive. Diet: Most prepared foods but prefers live.

Common Name:







South America: Uruguay River Basin in Misiones, Northeastern Argentina. Type locality: Melo stream, Uruguay River basin, Misiones, Argentina, 27°25'2.67"S, 54°42'7.93"W..




18-24°C (63-75°F)




Aguilera, G., M. Benitez, G.E. Terán, F. Alonso & J.M. Mirande (2017): A new species of Heptapterus Bleeker 1858 (Siluriformes, Heptapteridae) from the Uruguay River Basin in Misiones, Northeastern Argentina. Zootaxa 4299 (4): 572-580
Peces Criollos. Freshwater Fishes of Argentina. http://www.pecescriollos.de/en/heptapterus-mandimbusu-sp-nov-from-argentina



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