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Scientific Name Chaetostoma sovichthys  Schultz, 1944
Common Name
Type Locality Near bridge over the Río San Pedro, tributary of the Río Motatán, southeast of Mene Grande, Maracaibo basin, Venezuela.
Pronunciation KATE oh STOW mah
Etymology Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
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Size 72mm or 2.8" 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 South America: Lake Maracaibo, Motatán River and tributaries in Venezuela.
Lake Maracaibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Lake Maracaibo, Motatán (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Furniture Well rounded stones stacked to replicate a river bottom and provide caves.
Breeding Spawns in shallow, fast flowing water on the underneath of a flat object. Male, upside down, guards an adhesive clutch of eggs by, more or less, covering it with his body.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proceedings of the United States National Museum v. 94 (no. 3172), pp 292, Pl. 8 (figs. A-B).
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Last Update 2014 Aug 20 12:38 (species record created: 2014 Aug 18 16:10)