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Scientific Name Lepthoplosternum stellatum  Reis & Kaefer, 2005
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Type Locality Igarapé Repartimento, tributary of Lago Tefé, 1.5 kilometers downstream from bridge on Tefé-Agrovila road, 3°24'28"S, 64°44'10"W, Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil.
Pronunciation lep THOP low STERN um
Etymology Lepthoplosternum: From the Greek leptos, meaning small and hoplosternum; in reference to the small size. Hoplosternum: From the Greek hoplon, meaning shield and sternum, meaning breast; in reference to the prominent coracoid bones on the breast. 
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Size 46mm or 1.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Mature males of Callichthys, Dianema, Hoplosternum, Lepthoplosternum, and Megalechis have a thick adipose body on the ventral surface of the pectoral fin. In Dianema, Hoplosternum, Lepthoplosternum and Megalechis (but not in Callichthys), the coracoid bones are at least partially exposed and expanded medially. In Dianema, Hoplosternum and Megalechis, these medial expansions of the coracoids are especially developed, covering most of the skin between the pectoral fins and sometimes overlapping at the midline in fully developed mature males, however there does not appear to be a similar sexually dimorphic expansion of the coracoids in Lepthoplosternum.
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Distribution South America: Brazil.

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Copeia 2005 (no. 4), pp 725, Figs. 1A, 2.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 26 15:22 (species record created: 2018 Aug 22 13:38)