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  • Chaetostoma yurubiense
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Scientific Name Chaetostoma yurubiense  Ceas & Page, 1996
Common Name
Type Locality Río Mayorica, Río Yaracuy system, 9 kilometers north Albarico near Mayorica, Lara State, Venezuela, 10°25'43''N, 68°40'47''W.
Pronunciation KATE oh STOW mah
Etymology Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
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Size 51mm or 2" 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 Yaracuy, Urama and Aroa River basins, Venezuela.
Venezuela Caribbean Waters, Yaracuy (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Venezuela Caribbean Waters, Aroa (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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Other Parameters Chaetostoma require lower than normal ''tropical'' temperatures and high levels of dissolved oxygen. The addition of powerheads with venturi devices and/or airstones to raise oxygen levels is highly recommended.
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Furniture Inhabits cobble and boulder riffles in cool, clear upland headwaters and small creeks.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Copeia 1996 (no. 3)
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Last Update 2013 Jan 09 21:37 (species record created: 2009 Dec 09 14:10)