Chaetostoma microps

Scientific name Chaetostoma microps
Descriptor Günther
Year of description 1864
IUCN category LC
Family Loricariidae
Genus Chaetostoma
Chaetostoma microps Chaetostoma microps

Introduction

Chaetostoma microps is a fresh water fish from the Amérique du Sud.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Type
  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    9 cm
  • Shape
    Catfish
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Pattern
    ponctuations
  • Type
  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    9 cm
  • Shape
    Catfish
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Pattern
    ponctuations

How to recognize Chaetostoma microps ?

Chaetostoma microps measures around 8 cm. The dominant males can however reach 9 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly marron, beige and gris body. The also has blanc ponctuations.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    herbivorous
  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

Chaetostoma microps is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is herbivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, Chaetostoma microps has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché

Chaetostoma microps is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    20 - 25 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6.5 - 7
  • Flow
    Strong and Medium

Biotope presentation

Chaetostoma microps is most often found at a depth between 0m and 2m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Chaetostoma microps prefers well oxygenated waters in current areas and rapids. It frequents fast flowing waters where the bottom is strewn with pebbles, wood or leaves carried by the current. It can be found not far from waterfalls .

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Bibliographic references

Observation of the Catfish Chaetostoma microps Climbing in a Cave in Tena, Ecuador - Geoffrey Hoese - Aaron Addison - Theofilos Toulkeridis - Rickard Toomey - Subterranean Biology - 2015. 15: 29–35

A Multilocus Molecular Phylogeny for Chaetostoma Clade Genera and Species with a Review of Chaetostoma (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Central Andes - Nathan K. Lujan - Vanessa Meza-Vargas - Ramiro Barriga - Hernán López-Fernández - Copeia - 2015. 15: 29–35

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