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Oxyropsis carinata (Steindachner, 1879)

Image contributors to this species:

Hans-Georg Evers (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus 

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory   Catalog of Fishes

Relevant Information:

This genus is closely related to Hypoptopoma but has a single line of enlarged odontoded running along the body just above the lateral line and the posterior body and the caudal peduncle are flat, whereas the genus Hypoptopoma has a circular section. They also posses a narrower head than the species of Hypoptopoma. Both genera have their eyes high up on the head. There are at present (2010) three species in this genera namely O.carinata (Steindachner, 1879), O. acutirostra Miranda Ribeiro, 1951 and O. wrightiana Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889 which is the type species. Aquarium Care: Same care as for Hypotopoma with long leaved plants or bamboo stalks for them to rest on. Diet: Algae, vegetables, tablet foods and small live and frozen foods.

Common Name:



Hypoptopoma carinatum




South America : Middle and upper Amazon River basin. Type locality: Einem nebenflusse des Amazonenstromes
an der Peruanische Grenze.


8.0cm. (3¼ins)


26-29°c (79-85°f.)




Evers, H.-G. & I.Seidel: Mergus, Baensch Catfish Atlas Volume 1, 1st English edn., 2005. Pp.944
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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