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Chaetostoma breve Regan, 1904

Image contributors to this species:

Nathan Lujan (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus 

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Chaetostoma breve was described from the Zamora-Santiago river drainage in Ecuador by Regan in 1904, and redescribed by Nathan Lujan and colleagues in 2015. Chaetostoma breve has highly variable head and body colouration, but is distinguished by its compact, robust head and body shape, distally curved curved cheek odontodes, and the absence of distinct spots (Lujan N.). Aquarium Care: Will need a good water flow in the aquarium with a sand substrate and plenty of hiding places. Diet: Great algae eater, but you will have to subsidise this food with algae wafers and vegetable foods such as cucumber, zucchini and lettuce. Will also except tablet and worm foods. Remarks: The Chaetostoma species are not the easiest to maintain as the mountain stream species will need a water current to provide oxygen-rich water. Sexual differences: Males have better colour, a broader head and lips and adult males possess longer ventral fins than the females.

Common Name:



Chaetostomus brevis




South America: Zamora River basin in the upper Marañon River drainage, Ecuador. Type locality: Bomboiza and Zamora Rivers [Santiago River
basin], Eastern Ecuador.


12.0cm. (4¾ins)


20-22°c (67-71°f.)




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