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Scientific Name Spectracanthicus punctatissimus  (Steindachner, 1881)
Common Names L016, Blåplettet Sugemalle (Denmark)
L030, L315
Type Locality East shore of Rio Xingu, Pôrto de Mós, Pará State, Brazil, 1°45'S, 52°10'W.
Synonym(s) Chaetostomus punctatissimus, Oligancistrus punctatissimus, Parancistrus punctatissimus
Etymology Genus: Latin, spectrum = look, apparition + Greek, akantha = thorn. This specific epithet refers to its highly spotted(punctum=spotted; -issimus=very, highly) appearance.
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Size 106mm or 4.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Spectracanthicus can be separated from all other loricariids except some Baryancistrus, Parancistrus and an undescribed Hemiancistrus by the presence of the dorsal-fin membrane contacting the adipose-fin spine. It can be separated from Baryancistrus and the Hemiancistrus by having fewer teeth (less than 25 vs. greater than 25) and from Parancistrus by having restricted gill openings. A key to the genus can be found here.
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Distribution South America: Brazil: Xingu River basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe. v. 43, pp 119 [19], Pl. 3 (figs. 3-3a).
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Last Update 2021 Feb 15 05:29 (species record created: 2006 Dec 25 09:11)