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Down arrow Summary of Aphanotorulus
Pronounced ah FAN oh to RULE uss
Etymology Greek, aphanes = hidden + Latin, torulus, -i = muscle, little string.
Identification In Aphanotorulus, all species show clear sexual dimorphism and have a generally flatter appearance than other hypostomine genera. The posterior edge of the oral disc is jagged rather than smooth. Aphanotoroulus can be distinguished from Isorineloricaria by having caudal peduncles that do not become greatly lengthened with size and that are oval in cross section (vs. caudal peduncle proportions that get proportionately longer with size and that become round in cross-section), and by having small dark spots (less than half plate diameter) on a light tan background (vs. spots almost as large as lateral plates on a nearly white background.
Sexing Males in breeding condition posses extremely elongate, bristle-like odontodes. These cover the entire back and sides behind the dorsal fin.
Size Smallest 139mm, largest 400mm, average 267mm, most commonly 400mm. All SL.
Species There are 8 "species" in the database
Keepers 5 species (62%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Down arrow Most Kept Species
1. Aphanotorulus emarginatus (51.28%)
2. Aphanotorulus ammophilus (35.9%)
3. Aphanotorulus sp. (L131) (7.69%)
4. Aphanotorulus horridus (2.56%)
5. Aphanotorulus unicolor (2.56%)
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Down arrow Distribution of selected Aphanotorulus species

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