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Scientific NameAphanotorulus ammophilus  Armbruster & Page, 1996
Common NamesL094, Venezuela-Aphanotorulus (Germany)
Type LocalityRío San Carlos, River Portuguesa drainage at Caño Hondo, 9°31'51''N, 68°39'39''W, Cojedes State, Venezuela.
Pronunciationah FAN oh to RULE uss - ah moe fee luss
EtymologyGreek, aphanes = hidden + Latin, torulus, -i = muscle, little string. Ammo from the Latin for sand and philus Latin for loving.
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Size 161mm or 6.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSome authors place this genus in Hypostomus despite the fact that, in Aphanotorulus, all species show clear sexual dimorphism and have a generally flatter appearance than other hypostomine genera. The posterior edge of the oral disc is jagged rather than smooth.

L094=L123, DATZ erroneously initially published a Hypostomus (then Cochliodon) as L094. All Aphanotorulus show clear sexual dimorphism and have a generally flatter appearance than other similar genera.
SexingMales in breeding condition posses extremely elongate, bristle-like odontodes. These cover the entire back and sides behind the dorsal fin.
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DistributionSouth America: Portuguesa River basin.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Apure, Portoguesa (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Other ParametersThis species is most commonly found over sand substrates in the wild.
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ReferencesCopeia 1996 (no. 2) - pp385 - Figs. 2, 3c, 4. L123 DATZ 5/1993 pp280-281.
Registered Keepers(1) PhiltheNelson, (2) skullymaster (k: 2), (3) fuzzytigerbird, (4) Manon des sources, (5) nessaja, (6) FrankvdB, (7) pollie (k: 4), (8) Vierrollenfreak (p: 2), (9) dpfs (k: 2), who also notes: "Single pair being kept in 160L tank on a 2000L system. Tank turn over 800 lph. caves are 20cm long placed amongst slate which is scaped covering base of tank with a single but large piece of root tank base is lightly covered in sand. The male has chosen to cave on the sandy bottom, female is never far away although does not hang on cave. Water temp 29 Food : my own pellet mix daily and prawns once per week. Parameters : PH 6.5 GH 0 KH 4 Fish House lighting is only on when I'm present the rest of the time there is a low watt red bulb on 24/7.", (10) Loc, (11) MarcW (k: 4).

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Last Update2011 Sep 22 13:06 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)