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  • Cetopsis candiru
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Scientific Name Cetopsis candiru  Spix & Agassiz, 1829
Common Names Whale Cat
Candiru-malle (Denmark)
Type Locality Equatorial rivers of Brazil [= lower Amazon basin].
Synonym(s) Cetopsis spixii, Hemicetopsis candiru
Pronunciation see TOP siss
Etymology Cetopsis: From the Greek cetos, meaning whale, and -opsis, meaning likeness; in reference to the whale-like appearance. 
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Size 200mm or 7.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The most commonly imported of the genus, although still a rare import.
Sexing The leading rays of the dorsal and pectoral fins of males are graced with filamentous extensions, these are absent in young fish and females.
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Distribution Widespread in the amazon basin.
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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 Selecta genera et species piscium quos in itinere per Brasiliam, pp 13, Pl. 10 (fig. 1).
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Last Update 2020 Aug 08 09:20 (species record created: 2001 Oct 16 00:00)