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  • Brachyrhamdia heteropleura
  • Brachyrhamdia heteropleura
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Scientific Name Brachyrhamdia heteropleura  (Eigenmann, 1912)
Common Name
Type Locality Rupununi Pan, Guyana.
Synonym(s) Pimelodus heteropleurus
Pronunciation bra key ram dee ah - het err oh ploo rah
Etymology Greek, brachys, -eia = shor + Brazilian vernacular name, Nhamdia/Jamdia. 
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Size 43mm or 1.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Coratijn, Essequibo, and Negro River basins.
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers, Corintijns (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Lower Negro, Branco, Cauame (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding Will eat most foods to the point of bursting. Care must be taken not too overfeed especially with foods that expand once inside the fish. Live foods are relished but best used for acclimatizing or conditioning individuals.
Furniture An open expanse of gravel for this fish to interact with its conspecifics or Corydoras is necessary to see it at its best. Floating plants will diffuse overhead light and thus allow the fish a greater sense of security when out in the open. The swimming area should be bordered with suitable sized hiding places structured to allow this fast swimming fish both quick entry and exit.
Compatibility A peaceful fish both with its own species and with Corydoras. The only drawback is that it will eat small tetras and young fish. Fish larger than 1'' are too large to eat and will not otherwise be molested.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum v. 5 (no. 1), pp 176, Pl. 16 (fig. 2).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 26 11:32 (species record created: 2006 Dec 24 18:48)