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Jump to next section Summary of Astroblepus
Pronounced ass tro bleh puss
Etymology Astroblepus: From the Greek aster, meaning star and and blepos, meaning to look (literally, a star gazer); in reference to the dorsally placed eyes of the fish.
Breeding Unreported. Males possess an elongate urogenital papilla which functions as an intromittent organ for insemination (separate from the anal fin). Females have been found with sperm cells in their ovaries, but internal fertilization has not been documented. The timing and mechanism of fertilization is unknown.
Size Smallest 25mm, largest 300mm, average 86mm, most commonly 80mm. All SL.
Species There are 84 "species" in the database
Keepers 4 species (4.8%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Jump to next section Most Kept Species
1. Astroblepus grixalvii (33.33%)
2. Astroblepus mancoi (33.33%)
3. Astroblepus taczanowskii (16.67%)
4. Astroblepus supramollis (16.67%)

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Jump to next section Distribution of selected Astroblepus species

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