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Hypostomus arecuta Cardoso, Almirón, Casciotta, Aichino, Lizarralde & Montoya-Burgos, 2012

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The Hypostomus genus has 7 rays to the dorsal fin whereas the similar looking Pterygoplichthys species have 10 dorsal fin rays. Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 4. Differs from its congeners by the following combination of characters: dorsum of head and body and all fins dark grey covered by numerous rounded cream dots; ventral surface of head and belly a plain cream color; 66-85 premaxillary/dentary teeth; cleithral width 3.0-3.4 in SL; abdominal length 3.9-4.5 in SL; eye diameter 5.2-6.2 in HL; pelvic fin-spine length 3.9-4.5 in SL; caudal peduncle depth 8.3-9.6 in SL; upper caudal-ray length 2.8-3.6 in SL; lower caudal-ray length 2.4-3.5 in SL; right mandibular ramus 3.9-4.6 in HL; dorsal spine length with mean 31.6 % SL; length of right mandibular ramus 3.9-4.6 in HL; abdominal length 3.9-4.5 in SL; head depth 1.6-1.7 in HL;, interorbital width 2.6-3.0 in HL; predorsal length 2.3-2.6 in SL; pectoral-fin spine length 2.8-3.3 in SL; caudal peduncle length 3.0-3.6 in SL; scutes along lateral line 26-28 (mode 27); scutes between end of dorsal fin to adipose fin 5-6 (mode 6) ; scutes from adipose to caudal fins 3-5 (mode 5), and scutes from anal to caudal fins 12-14 (mode 14). Aquarium Care: As with most of this genus, will do well in a larger aquarium, although this is one of the smaller species in the genera, and the aquarium well filtered. Water parameters can be quite diverse for this genera. Diet: Omnivore with a liking for green, tablet and frozen foods. Remarks: Found in coastal areas of main river channel with bottom composed mostly by large boulders of sandstone with patches of sand and pebbles. Occurs in well oxygenated waters having moderate current speed, about 0.60 m s-1, water transparency of 1.5-2.40 m and conductivity of 50.9-59.6 ?S cm-1 . Sympatric with Hypostomus commersoni, H. cochliodon, H. uruguayensis, H. latifrons, H. ternetzi, H. luteomaculatus, H. microstomus, and H. boulengeri.

Common Name:







South America: Paraná river in Argentina.


24.5cm. (9¾ins)


20-24°c (67-75°f.)




Cardoso, Y.P., A. Almirón, J. Casciotta, D. Aichino, M.S. Lizarralde and J.I. Montoya-Burgos, 2012. Origin of species diversity in the catfish genus Hypostomus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) inhabiting the Paraná river basin, with the description of a new species. Zootaxa 3453:69-83.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly
. Editors. 2014.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 11/2014 )



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