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Scientific Name Auchenipterus nuchalis  (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)
Common Name Moustache Cat
Type Locality Rio Capim, near São Domingos do Capim, at Igarapé Pirajauara, about 1°41'S, 47°47'W, Pará, Brazil [lower Amazon basin].
Synonym(s) Hypophthalmus nuchalis
Pronunciation awk en NIP terr uss - noo KAL iss
Etymology Auchenipterus: From the Greek, auchenos, meaning neck and pteron, meaning fin; in reference to the long cranial shield, which gives the appearance that the dorsal fin originates at the neck region. 
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Size 154mm or 6.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Lower Amazon and Tocantins rivers northward to Marowijne River. Possibly also Rupununi and Negro rivers.
Amazon, Lower Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins, Lower Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, French Guyana Coastal Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers, Marowijne, Upper Marowijne, Grand Inini (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Guamá, Capim (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2007.
Temperature 20.0-22.0°C or 68-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
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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 17, Pl. 17.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 08 03:10 (species record created: 2005 Feb 10 00:00)