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  • Tympanopleura piperatus
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Scientific Name Tympanopleura piperatus  Eigenmann, 1912
Common Name Slopehead Catfish
Type Locality Crab Falls, Essequibo River, Guyana.
Synonym(s) Ageneiosus piperata
Etymology Transliterated from the Greek tympanon, meaning drum, and pleura, meaning side or rib (pleuron), nouns in apposition, in reference to the pseudotympanum. 
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Size 48mm or 1.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Both Tympanopleura and Ageneiosus do not have obvious, permanent barbles. The two genera can be externally distinguished in that Tympanopleura has a prominent pseudotympanum consisting of an area on the side of the body devoid of epaxial musculature where the gas bladder contacts the internal coelomic wall; are shorter, blunter headed without greatly elongated jaws; and have a smaller adult body size.
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Distribution South America: Essequibo and upper Negro rivers near confluence of Branco River.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (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 (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paran√° (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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Reference Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum v. 5 (no. 1), pp 203, Pl. 20 (fig. 3).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 08 07:28 (species record created: 2005 Aug 07 00:00)