Astroblepids are closely related
to the Loricariids, and in fact one genus of fish
(Lithogenes Eigenman, 1909) seems intermediate
between the two families, having the shape and form
of an Astroblepid, but some plates on the body and
other morphological characters closer to Loricariids.
At the time of writing, Lithogenes is currently
placed in Loricariidae. Astroblepus nettoferreirai
is recognised among the other species of the genus
by having a denticulada immersed in the adipose fin
spine. Description: Vertebrae: 27.
Distinguished by having denticulated spine within
the adipose fin, 8 soft radii, premaxillary with 1-2
bicuspid teeth and 6-11 conic teeth in external row,
and 27 vertebrae. Habitat: Fishes
of the family Astroblepidae are found in freshwaters
streams (between 200 to 13,400 feet above sea level)
of the tropical Andes from Panama to Bolivia, and
occur in both the western Pacific and eastern Amazonian
slope drainage systems in South and Central America.
Colouration: The head is of a dark
brown colour, black eyes. Disk mouth large (6.7-26.7
mm). Lateral region of the body with light brown background
and irregular spots pardo dark. Wide-tail with a vertical
band of dark brown base and rays with rays of the
same colour; the first simple spokes are the same
and a little long. Abdomen pale brown. Aquarium
Care: Not an easy family of catfishes to
keep so they would have to have a large tank with
rocks and some appropriate vegetation. The water would
need to be fast flowing and provided with extra oxygen
via an air tube fed into the powerhead flow. The tank
should be set up with rocks so as to provide an area
where the water current will be slower. Diet:
Invertebrates, insect larvae, spirulina tablets
or paste, algae based foods and live bloodworm would
probably be the staple diet but you may wish to try
glassworm and blackworm (although these won’t
tend to stay on the substrate unless the current takes
South America:Colombia, Department of Santander, Quebrada
NN. Sailan sidewalk. Municipality beauty.
Carlos A.; Five New Species of Astroblepus
Fish for Colombian Andes. Universidad Metropolitana,
Barranquilla, Colombia. Vol. 1, Núm. 27 (2015). Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2019.
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