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Scientific Name Acestridium martini  Retzer, Nico & Provenzano, 1999
Common Name Whiptail Catfish
Type Locality Caño Pozo Azul, tributary of Río Orinoco, near Balneario Pozo Azul, 5°45'49"N, 67°29'21"W, Orinoco Basin, Amazonas State, Venezuela, elevation 75 meters.
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Size 67mm or 2.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Acestridium was diagnosed by Schaefer (1991) based on the following characters: ten principal caudal-fin rays; plates at anterior snout margin forming conspicuous spatulate projection; head and body very slender, depressed; dorsal surface of head and trunk with longitudinal ridges; dorsal fin placed posteriorly, well beyond pelvic fin and just anterior to anal-fin origin; adipose fin absent; dermal plates anterior to first dorsal-fin proximal radial expanded, bearing ventromedial keel contacting the dorsal margin of the neural arches of the vertebrae six through twelve; and ridge of bone on the ventral surface of the lateral ethmoid contacting the metapterygoid channel reflected mesially.
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Distribution South America: Upper Orinoco and Negro River basins.
Orinoco, Upper 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
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 10 (no. 4), pp 318, Figs. 3d-f.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 14 02:01 (species record created: 2011 Sep 24 11:10)