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Scientific Name Leiarius perruno  Schultz, 1944
Common Names Perruno Catfish
Leopard-Antennenwels (Germany)
Type Locality Río Negro, below River Yasa mouth, about 75 kilometers south of Rosario, western side of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Synonym(s) Perrunichthys perruno
Pronunciation per oo no
Etymology The genus name is derived from Leios, meaning smooth and Arius which is a Greek for "dealing with Mars, warlike, belliose". It's the name of another catfish genus, so the combination is "smooth Arius".  This specific epithet literally means canine(perruno=canine). The full name of this species is dogfish, dog presumably in reference to its unfussy and gregarious eating habits.
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Size 620mm or 24.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Often confused with Leiarius marmoratus which is much more commonly encountered by aquarists. The fishes are identical in terms of colouration although P. perruno has 8 (1 hard and 7 soft) dorsal fin rays, Leiarius has 10 or 11.
Sexing Unknown
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Distribution South America: Lake Maracaibo basin.
Lake Maracaibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Temperature 22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proc. U. S. Natl. Mus.v. 94 (no. 3172) - pp230 - Pl. 3 (fig. B); Fig. 3
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Last Update 2019 Apr 03 05:39 (species record created: 2006 Dec 24 11:44)