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  • Lepthoplosternum pectorale
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Scientific Name Lepthoplosternum pectorale  (Boulenger, 1895)
Common Names Armoured Catfish
Dwarf Hoplo
Type Locality Monte Sociedad, Chaco Dept., Paraguay.
Synonym(s) Callichthys pectoralis, Hoplosternum pectorale
Pronunciation lep THOP low STERN um
Etymology Lepthoplosternum: From the Greek leptos, meaning small and hoplosternum; in reference to the small size. Hoplosternum: From the Greek hoplon, meaning shield and sternum, meaning breast; in reference to the prominent coracoid bones on the breast. 
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Spawning The Dwarf Hoplo, Lepthoplosternum sp.
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Size 60mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification This species is sometimes confused with Callichthys callichthys. The visible coracoit bones by the pectoral fins is an indication that it is some form of Hoplosternum or Lepthoplosternum species. In Callichthys, this area is covered by skin and not visible (although the same bone is there in the fish. Callichthys also has a flatter overall body.
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Distribution South America: Paraguay River basin.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 5.8 - 7.8
Temperature 20.0-22.0°C or 68-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters dH°25
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1895 (pt 3), pp 525.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 14 03:37 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)