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Kingdom  Animalia
Scientific name  Helogenes
Rank  Genus
Family  Cetopsidae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Catfish
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Subfamily  Helogeneinae Regan, 1911
Lower classifications  Helogenes marmoratus, Helogenes gouldingi, Helogenes castaneus, Helogenes uruyensis

Helogenes marmoratus

Helogenes is a genus of whale catfish found in tropical South America.


Helogeneinae is the sister taxon of Cetopsinae, the other subfamily in the family Cetopsidae.

Denticetopsis and helogenes


There are currently four recognized species in this genus:

  • Helogenes castaneus (Dahl, 1960)
  • Helogenes gouldingi Vari & H. Ortega, 1986
  • Helogenes marmoratus Günther, 1863
  • Helogenes uruyensis Fernández-Yépez, 1967
  • Distribution

    Helogenes species occur through much of the Amazon River basin, the southern portions of the Orinoco River basin, the coastal rivers of the Guianas, and at least the lower portions of the Tocantins River.


    In Helogenes, the dorsal fin base is short, the anal fin base is elongate, the dorsal and pectoral fins lack spines, the adipose fin is usually present, but is reduced or absent in one population of one species. Helogenes species grow to about 4.3–7.3 centimetres (1.7–2.9 in) SL.


    Helogenes species feed on allochthonous insects. The only species for which details of the ecology are known is H. marmoratus (refer to article for that species).


    Helogenes Wikipedia

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