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Scientific NameSchizolecis guntheri  (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1918)
Common Name
Type LocalityIlha de São Sebastião, Estado de São Paulo, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Microlepidogaster guntheri, Pseudotocinclus ribeiroi
Etymology(Greek)Schizein=to divide + (Greek) lekis, -idos=a little plate. 
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Size 40mm or 1.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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DistributionSouth America: southeastern Brazil.
Espirito Santo State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Sao Paulo State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Minas Gerais State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Rio de Janeiro State Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Other ParametersInhabits streams with rocky and sandy bottom, mostly in shallows and backwaters up to 30 cm deep, with slow water flow (0.5-10 cm/sec). Before grazing on a patch with dense sediment, it makes wiggling head-down movements to dislodge sediment. When scrapping algae off the substrate, it makes vigorous mouth movements, and moves by jerky movements probably related to its mouth making alternate grazing and attaching to the substrate. Grazing leaves characteristic, parallel and elongated marks on the substrate. Density may reach about 0.09 fish.m-2 in stream stretches shaded by forest canopy and 0.15 fish.m-2 in sunned stretches.
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FeedingForages mostly during the day with some night activity also recorded. Grazes on microscopic algae, mostly diatoms and green algae growing on rocks and submersed vegetation; occasionally takes chironomid and simuliid larvae.
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesRev. Mus. Paulistav. 10 - pp634 [6]
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2008 Mar 31 02:09 (species record created: 2002 Mar 07 00:00)