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Scientific NameChaetostoma microps  Günther, 1864
Common Name(s)
Type LocalityAndes of western Ecuador.
Synonym(s)Chaetostoma mollinasus, Chaetostomus mollinasus
PronunciationKATE oh STOW mah
EtymologyGreek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
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Size 89mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe 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.
SexingThe 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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DistributionSouth America: Andes of western Ecuador.
Pacific, South Pacific, South East Pacific, Ecuador Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FurnitureWell rounded stones stacked to replicate a river bottom and provide caves.
BreedingSpawns 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.
Jump to next section Further Information
ReferencesCatalogue of the fishes in the British Museum v. 5, pp 250.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2017 Jan 04 13:42 (species record created: 2015 Jan 02 05:24)