|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Soromonichthys stearleyi Lujan & Armbruster, 2011|
|Common Name||Soromon Pleco|
|Type Locality||Venezuela, Amazonas State, Soromoni Creek, cobble and gravel shoal approximately 30 minutes by boat from the mouth and 11.8 km E of LaEsmeralda, 3°11'37''N, 65°39'07''W.|
|Pronunciation||so ro MON ick thiss - steer lee eye|
|Etymology||Soromonichthys is a combination of Soromoni, the name of the creek which serves as type locality for the type species, and the Greek ikhthus, meaning fish. The species epithet stearleyi is a patronym honoring Ralph Stearley, Professor of Geology at Calvin College since 1992, whose patient introductory tutelage in fish osteology set the first author on his career.|
|Size||30mm or 1.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Soromonichthys may be diagnosed from all other Hypostominae by having a unique pattern of plate loss on the snout: Soromonichthys has naked skin
covering its anteriormost snout margin, extending posteromedially over the mesethmoid to level approximately coequal with anterior bony rim of nostrils, and osterolaterally to about midlength of snout; plated region restricted to column along either side of mesethmoid that becomes broadly expanded posterolaterally to snout margin. There are more details in the original description, this is kept brief on purpose.
The body is dark base with lighter stripes.
|Distribution||Known only from relatively low elevation (ca. 120 m asl) reaches of Soromoni Creek, a clearwater tributary of the upper Orinoco (Fig. 4) draining the southwestern
slope of Mount Duida, a tepui at the western margin of the Guiana Shield with a maximum elevation greater than 2300 meters above sea level.
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Soromoni (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|Furniture||All individuals collected from shallow riffles and runs over clean cobble substrate interspersed with sand and patches of a rooted, moss-like aquatic macrophyte.|
|Compatibility||Other loricariids collected in Soromoni Creek with Soromonichthys were Ancistrus sp., Dekeyseria niveata, Exastilithoxus sp., and Rineloricaria formosa.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Copeia 2011, No. 2, 216–225|
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|Last Update||2011 Jul 13 12:41 (species record created: 2011 Jul 01 13:00)|