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Scientific Name Ernstichthys megistus  (Orcés V., 1961)
Common Name
Type Locality Small river off of the Río Chicherota, Río Bobonaza system, Province Pastaza, eastern Ecuador.
Synonym(s) Hoplomyzon megistus
Etymology Ernstichthys: Named after A Ernst, who established the chair of Natural History in the Universidade Central de Venezuela. 
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Size 67mm or 2.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Río Bobonaza and Río Marañon basins.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Pastaza, Bobonaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Madre de Dios (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature 21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters According to Dr Lujan, parameters at one catching locality were as follow: T°:23, 1 °C ; pH7,1 ; conductivity: 49.4 microsiemens/cm ; dissolved oxygen saturation: 70% ; dissolved oxygen 6,0 mg/ml; turbidity 313
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Feeding Live or frozen food should be given such as blood worms or Artemia, both being well accepted.
Furniture A strong current with cobble-pebble substrates embedded in silt or fine sand.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Ciencia y Naturaleza (Quito) v. 4 (no. 1), pp 3, Figs. 1-2.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 25 14:00 (species record created: 2002 Nov 11 00:00)