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  • Megalonema platycephalum
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Scientific Name Megalonema platycephalum  Eigenmann, 1912
Common Name
Type Locality Tumatumari, Guyana.
Etymology (Greek)Megas, Megalos=Great + (Greek)nema=filament. This specific epithet refers to its broad(platys=broad, wide) head(kephale, -um=head).
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Size 180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Typically offered for sale under as Piramutana piramuta, this name is currently a junior synonym of the much larger B. vailliantii (although these fish do look similar when young).
General Remarks The maximum size is a reasonable guess (the holotype is 126mm SL).
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Distribution Usually imported from Peru, although this species is reported from the Amazon, Essequibo and Orinoco basins.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (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)

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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum v. 5 (no. 1), pp150, Fig. 31, Pl. 10 (fig. 2).
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Last Update 2013 Feb 19 15:28 (species record created: 2004 Jan 16 00:00)