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  • Paracetopsis esmeraldas
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Scientific Name Paracetopsis esmeraldas  Vari, Ferraris & de Pinna, 2005
Common Name
Type Locality Río Blanco, 4 kilometers above junction with río Quininde (0°20'N, 79°28'W), río Esmeraldas basin, Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
Etymology A combination of Greek 'Para' - near or beside, Cetopsis - indicating that this genus is similar to Cetopsis, but sufficiently different to warrant its own genus. The species name, esmeraldas, is in reference to both the Ecuadorian Province of Esmeraldas from which all specimens of the species originated and to the río Esmeraldas basin within which the type series of the species was collected.
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Size 188mm or 7.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Paracetopsis can be distinguished from all other genera in the Cetopsinae by the combination of the possession of a vomerine tooth patch with two or more rows of teeth and a medial gap between the contralateral components of the tooth patch.
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Distribution South America: rivers of northwestern Ecuador.
Ecuador Pacific Coast Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Near Threatened, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
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Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Neotropical Ichthyology v. 3 (no. 2), pp 228, Fig. 57.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 28 16:38 (species record created: 2009 Jan 02 13:32)