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Scientific Name Schizolecis guentheri  (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1918)
Common Name
Type Locality Ilha 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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Distribution South 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 Parameters Inhabits 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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Feeding Forages 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.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Rev. Mus. Paulistav. 10 - pp634 [6]
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Last Update 2019 May 22 14:06 (species record created: 2002 Mar 07 00:00)