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  • Hypophthalmus edentatus
  • Hypophthalmus edentatus
  • Hypophthalmus edentatus
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Scientific Name Hypophthalmus edentatus  Spix & Agassiz, 1829
Common Name Highwaterman Catfish
Type Locality Rivers of equatorial Brazil.
Synonym(s) Hypophthalmus spixii
Pronunciation hi pop thal muss - ee dent at uss
Etymology (Greek)Hypo=Under + (Greek)opthalmos=eye. Species name refers to the lack of teeth.
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Size 390mm or 15.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification This common species has pale barbels and a truncate dorsal fin (versus deeply forked in other congeners).
Sexing Unknown
General Remarks Almost never exported because of it's (plankton) feeding habits, this fish is quite common in open water and lakes.
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Distribution South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins and Atlantic coastal rivers of Guyana and Suriname
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
Temperature 23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Feeds on plankton and debris. Gill rakers are used to capture planktonic crustaceans.
Furniture Found over soft muddy bottom.
Compatibility Schooling species.
Breeding .
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Selecta genera et species piscium quos in itinere per Brasiliam, pp 16, Pl. 9.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 22 08:03 (species record created: 2001 Nov 05 00:00)