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Scientific Name Phreatobius cisternarum  Goeldi, 1905
Common Name
Type Locality Probably a well near the city of Soure, Southeastern Marajó Island, Mouth of the Amazon
Pronunciation fray toe bee uss - siss terr num
Etymology From the Greek phrear, phreat- meaning ''well'' or ''spring''. Cisternum in reference to the species being found in cisterns, another word for hand made wells.
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Size 48mm or 1.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: phreatic environments in the Marajó Island, mouth of the Amazon River, Brazil.
Amazon, Lower Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
pH 5.0 - 6.0
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Muriel-Cunha, J. & De Pinna, M. C. C. 2005. New data on Cistern Catfish, Phreatobius cisternarum, from subterranean waters at the mouth of the Amazon River (Siluriformes, Incertae Sedis). Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia, 45(26): 327-339.
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Last Update 2009 Dec 12 06:32 (species record created: 2001 Nov 17 00:00)