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Scientific Name Phreatobius dracunculus  Shibatta, Muriel-Cunha & de Pinna, 2007
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Type Locality Hand-dug well in settlement of Rio Prado, about 90 kilometers south of City of Porto Velho, area of Rio Branco drainage, 9°34'10.7"S, 63°58'08.2"W, Rondônia State, Brazil.
Pronunciation fray toe bee uss
Etymology From the Greek phrear, phreat- meaning ''well'' or ''spring''. The specific epithet, dracunculus, is from the Latin draco, meaning dragon, combined with a diminutive suffix -unculus. The name, a noun in apposition, is a reference to the colour and general aspect of the body and fins of the fish.
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Size 38mm or 1.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
General Remarks Although specimens collected were all from a single well, individuals of Phreatobius, probably P. dracunculus were observed swimming in two additional wells in the same area. Reports by locals indicate that the species probably occurs in at least another 12 of 20 wells in the region.
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Distribution South America: artificial well in the village of Rio Pardo, Amazon basin in Brazil.
La Plata, Paraná, Upper Paraná, Pardo (Mato Grosso do Sul) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Rondonia State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2018.
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Furniture Natural habitat is in dug wells.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo v. 47 (no. 17), pp 192, Figs. 1, 3, 5.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 03 09:56 (species record created: 2007 Nov 14 16:13)