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Lithoxus jantjae Lujan, 2008

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Nathan Lujan (1)

ScotCat Sources:

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Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal soft rays: 5. Distinguished from all congeners by having 12 branched caudal-fin rays; from all Lithoxus except Lithoxus lithoides by having four branched anal-fin rays, and five interdorsal plates; from all Lithoxus except Lithoxus lithoides and Lithoxus stocki by having a convex posterior membranous extension of the adipose fin; from all Lithoxus except Lithoxus lithoides and Lithoxus bovallii by having medial premaxillary teeth with an enlarged and widened cusp; from all Lithoxus except Lithoxus lithoides, Lithoxus stocki and Lithoxus boujardi by having an obliquely truncate to slightly emarginate caudal; from Lithoxus lithoides by having a mode of 24 supramedian plates and a mode of 18 (range 16-25) hypertrophied cheek odontodes; and from Lithoxus pallidimaculatus and Lithoxus surinamensis by the presence of adipose fin Aquarium Care: Quite a demanding genera which need pure, oxygen rich water. They need plenty of hiding places and the aquarium to be very strongly filtered. Diet: Insectivores that feed in their natural habitat from insect larvae on rocks. Feed Frozen mosquito larvae, brine shrimp and Daphnia. They will also except tablet foods.

Common Name:







South America: Above Tencua Falls, Ventuari River of the upper Orinoco in Venezuela.


4.0cm. (1½ins)


23-27°c (73-81°f.)




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Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2015.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 03/2016 )
Lujan, N.K., 2008. Description of a new Lithoxus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Guayana Highlands with a discussion of Guiana Shield biogeography. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 6(3):413-418.



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