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  • Ochmacanthus orinoco
  • Ochmacanthus orinoco
  • Ochmacanthus orinoco
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Scientific Name Ochmacanthus orinoco  Myers, 1927
Common Names Parasitic Catfish
Candiru
Type Locality Playa Matepalma, Orinoco River system, Venezuela.
Pronunciation awk ma KANTH uss - ore in oh koe
Etymology Ochmacanthus: From the Greek ochma, meaning band and akantha, meaning thorn; in reference to the arrangement of the opercular and interopercular spines. 
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Size 46mm or 1.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Negro and Orinoco River basins.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
Temperature 23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology v. 68 (no. 3), pp 130.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 17 16:52 (species record created: 2001 Apr 12 00:00)