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Aspredinichthys Bleeker 1858

John P. Friel
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Containing group: Aspredinidae


The two species placed in this genus are very similar in appearance and are most readily separated by the pattern and number of accessory mental barbels. See Mees (1977) for a key to species. This genus occurs from the Orinoco delta, through the Guianas, to the Amazon delta.



A genus of large banjo-catfishes (up to 220 mm SL) distinguished from all other aspredinids by the following characters; dorsal hook-like processes developed on mesethmoid; hooks developed on antorbital bones; 8 pectoral-fin rays; and several pairs of accessory mental barbels present.


Cuvier, G., & Valenciennes, A. 1840. Histoire naturelle des poissons. XV. Paris, XXXI + 540 pp., 34 pls.

Friel, J. 1994. A phylogenetic study of the Neotropical banjo catfishes (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Aspredinidae) Ph.D. thesis, Duke University, Durham, NC, 256 pp.

Mees, G. F. 1987. The members of the subfamily Aspredininae, family Aspredinidae in Suriname (Pisces, Nematognathi). Proceedings of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, 90(2): 173-192.

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Scientific Name Aspredinichthys filamentosus
Copyright © 1995 John Friel
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John P. Friel
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, Ithaca, New York, USA

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