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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Auchenipteridae
Scientific name  Auchenipterus
Rank  Genus
Class  Actinopterygii
Subfamily  Auchenipterinae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Catfish
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Similar  Catfish, Auchenipterus nuchalis, Driftwood catfish, Trachelyopterus, Ageneiosus

Auchenipterus ambyiacus catfish

Auchenipterus is a genus of driftwood catfishes (order Siluriformes).


Amblydoras auchenipterus liosomadoras sorubines y otros hora de la cena


The genus is hypothesized to be monophyletic, diagonsed by the shared presence of grooves in the ventral surface of the head that accommodate adducted mental barbels. The presence of papillae on the dorsal and medial surface of the ossified maxillary barbel of mature males is also a possible synapomorphy, but in three species this cannot be confirmed as there are no adult male specimens yet discovered.

This genus contains 11 species:

  • Auchenipterus ambyiacus Fowler, 1915
  • Auchenipterus brachyurus (Cope, 1878)
  • Auchenipterus brevior C. H. Eigenmann, 1912
  • Auchenipterus britskii Ferraris & Vari, 1999
  • Auchenipterus demerarae C. H. Eigenmann, 1912
  • Auchenipterus dentatus Valenciennes, 1840
  • Auchenipterus fordicei C. H. Eigenmann & R. S. Eigenmann, 1888
  • Auchenipterus menezesi Ferraris & Vari, 1999
  • Auchenipterus nigripinnis (Boulenger, 1895)
  • Auchenipterus nuchalis (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)
  • Auchenipterus osteomystax (A. Miranda-Ribeiro, 1918)
  • Distribution

    The neotropical genus Auchenipterus is widely distributed in most of the river systems east of the Andean Cordilleras. The species are found through the Orinoco River, Amazon River, and Rio de La Plata basins, and the coastal drainages of the Guianas; one species, A. menezesi, originates from the Rio Pindark-Mirim and Rio Parnaiba basins of northeastern Brazil. In some regions they are abundant enough to be commercially important.


    Auchenipterus species have a number of pronounced sexually dimorphic features of the head, maxillary barbels, and anal fin.


    Auchenipterus Wikipedia

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