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Scientific Name Chaetostoma guairense  Steindachner, 1881
Common Name
Type Locality Ri­o Guaire near Caracas, Venezuela.
Synonym(s) Chaetostomus guairensis
Pronunciation KATE oh STOW mah - Goo air en siss
Etymology Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth. Named after the river Guaire in North Venezuela
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Size 70mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus Chaetostoma is not straightforward to identify, but as a general rule, the species has spines behind the gill-cover (interopercular odontodes), no plates on the abdomen, and aside from C. platyrhynchus also lack plates on the snout edge. Different from Ancistrus by not having fleshy tentacles on the snout.

5 anal fin rays, 8 dorsal rays, 5 cheek spines. Cheek spines hooked. Distal edge of caudal straight.
Sexing During the spawning season, the rostrum of males becomes engorged and swollen. Males posses larger, longer anal fins.
General Remarks Fernandez A. and F. Martin 1952. Notas Sobre La Fauna Ictiologica de la Region Baruta-El Hatillo.

Ceas P.A. and L.M. Page 1996 Chaetostoma yurubiense, a new Species of Loricariid Catfish from the Aroa, Urama, and Yaracuy River Systems in Venezuela. Copeia 1996(3) pp. 671=677
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Distribution Common througout fast flowing quebradas in the Lake Valencia basin and Rio Tuy drainage.
Tuy (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Tuy, Guaire (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Valencia (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.6 - 7.6
Temperature 21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Requires high dissolved oxygen content.
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Feeding Fresh vegetables such as cucumber and zucchini should be available at all times. Twice weekly feedings of frozen or live foods should be offered.
Furniture Well rounded river cobbles and sand.
Compatibility Not an aggressive fish but may squable with tankmates over choice hiding spots. Offer plenty of caves.
Suggested Tankmates Other fastwater fishes. In nature found among other Chaetostoma spp., Rhamdia guairensis, Rivulus bondi, Ancistrus brevifilis, Farlowella acus, Hoplias malabaricus, Crenicichla geayi, and the tetra Creagrutus beni.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Denkschr. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 43 - pp121 [21] - Pl. 3 (figs. 1-1a)
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Last Update 2009 Apr 06 03:08 (species record created: 2002 Jul 28 00:00)