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Scientific Name Astroblepus sabalo  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Name South American Hillstream Catfish
Type Locality Río Apurimac, north of Cusco, Peru.
Pronunciation ass tro bleh puss - sah bah low
Etymology Astroblepus: From the Greek aster, meaning star and and blepos, meaning to look (literally, a star gazer); in reference to the dorsally placed eyes of the fish. 
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution South America: upper Ucayali River basin.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali, Upper Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Breeding Unreported. Males possess an elongate urogenital papilla which functions as an intromittent organ for insemination (separate from the anal fin). Females have been found with sperm cells in their ovaries, but internal fertilization has not been documented. The timing and mechanism of fertilization is unknown.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 335, Pl. 444-445.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 08 08:15 (species record created: 2005 Oct 07 00:00)