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  • Chaetostoma stannii
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Scientific Name Chaetostoma stannii  Lütken, 1874
Common Name
Type Locality Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.
Pronunciation KATE oh STOW mah
Etymology Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 205mm or 8.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus Chaetostoma is not straightforward to identify, but as a general rule, the species has spines behind the gill-cover (interopercular odontodes), no plates on the abdomen, and aside from C. platyrhynchus also lack plates on the snout edge. Different from Ancistrus by not having fleshy tentacles on the snout.
Sexing The males have however a larger and broader head, slimmer ventral sides and disproportionately large pelvic fins. Perhaps the over-sized pelvic fins play a large role in the fertilization of the eggs. By inverting these over the clutch of eggs, they prevent the sperm cells being carried away by fast water current.
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Distribution South America: Caribbean coastal drainages of Venezuela (Aroa, Tocuyo, Urama and Yaracuy River basins).
Venezuela Caribbean Waters, Aroa (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Venezuela Caribbean Waters, Tocuyo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Venezuela Caribbean Waters, Yaracuy (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Venezuela Caribbean Waters, Tocuyo, Urama (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Furniture Well rounded stones stacked to replicate a river bottom and provide caves.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium but observations have been made of Chaetostoma stannii spawning in the wild. Males defend nests under flat rocks and the eggs are typically laid in a single layer on the roof of the nest.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Jump to next section Further Information
Reference Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra den Naturhistoriske Forening i Kjøbenhavn, Aaret 1873 (nos 13-14), pp 206 [5].
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Last Update 2019 Oct 13 03:27 (species record created: 2009 Dec 05 12:45)