was described from the Zamora-Santiago river drainage
in Ecuador by Regan in 1904, and redescribed by Nathan
Lujan and colleagues in 2015. Description:
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. Sexual Differences:
Males have better colour, a broader head and lips
and adult males possess longer ventral fins than the
The Chaetostoma species are not the easiest
to maintain as the mountain stream species will need
a water current to provide oxygen-rich water.
South America:Zamora River basin in the upper Marañon
River drainage, Ecuador. Type locality:
Bomboiza and Zamora Rivers [Santiago River basin],
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Fisch-Muller, S., 2003. Loricariidae-Ancistrinae
(Armored catfishes). p. 373-400. In R.E. Reis, S.O.
Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist
of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America.
Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
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