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Scientific Name Astroblepus phelpsi  Schultz, 1944
Common Name
Type Locality Río Cobre above its mouth near La Grita, tributary of Río Quinta, Catatumbo system, Venezuela.
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. 
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Size 70mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Lake Maracaibo drainage.
IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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 United States National Museum v. 94 (no. 3172), pp 283, Pl. 7 (fig. D).
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Last Update 2017 Sep 13 11:08 (species record created: 2017 Sep 08 15:18)