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Scientific Name Callichthys serralabium  Lehmann A. & Reis, 2004
Common Name Armoured Catfish
Type Locality Laguna Tonina, 1 kilometer upstream from La Esmeralda, upper Río Orinoco, 3°08'00''N, 65°32'00''W, La Esmeralda, Estado amazonas, Venezuela.
Etymology Callichthys: From the Greek kallos, meaning beautiful and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the color pattern. The specific epithet comes from the Latin serra meaning saw, and labium, lip, in allusion to the serrated free margin of lower lip.
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Size 158mm or 6.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Viewing the underside of the fish shows the lower lip to have a ragged, wavy profile. Young fish have a more striking vertically barred colouration.
Sexing Males develop a thickened bright orange first ray in the pectoral fin, where females have a thin first ray. Also, mature males have a thick adipose-fat body on the ventral surface of the pectoral fin.
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Distribution Described from drainages in the upper Orinoco River, near La Esmeralda, Venezuela and the headwatersof the Negro River, tributary of the Amazon River, both in Brazil and Venezuela.
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Upper Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Bubble nest breeder.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Copeia 2004 (no. 2), pp 339, Figs. 1, 2B, 3A.
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Last Update 2014 Jun 20 19:03 (species record created: 2004 May 24 00:00)