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Scientific Name Astroblepus pholeter  Collette, 1962
Common Name
Type Locality Jumandi cave in Latas, 4 kilometers north of Archidona, Napo Province, eastern Ecuador, 0°20'S to 0°40'S, 77°50"W.
Pronunciation ass tro bleh puss
Etymology Astroblepus: From the Greek aster, meaning star and and blepos, meaning to look (literally, a star gazer); in reference to the dorsally placed eyes of the fish. The Greek name pholeter means "one who lurks in holes," in reference to the cavernicolous habits of this species.
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Size 70mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
General Remarks Original report of coordinates ambiguous. Coordinates mapped here as 0°40'S, 77°50"W. Modern tourist maps place the location of the Jumandi caverns further south, closer to Archidona.
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Distribution South America: Napo River basin.

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IUCN Red List Category Near Threatened, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
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Breeding Unreported in the aquarium. Males possess an elongate urogenital papilla which functions as an intermittent organ for insemination (separate from the anal fin). Females have been found with sperm cells in their ovaries, but internal fertilisation has not been documented. The timing and mechanism of fertilisation is unknown.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington v. 75, pp 311, Figs. 1-2.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 19 05:09 (species record created: 2015 May 24 12:51)