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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Ostariophysi
Ordo: Siluriformes
Familia: Auchenipteridae
Subfamilia: Auchenipterinae
Genus: Epapterus
Species: E. blohmi - E. chaquensis - E. dispilurus


Epapterus Cope, 1878


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Epapterus is a genus of catfishes (order Siluriformes) of the family Auchenipteridae. It includes two species, E. blohmi and E. dispilurus.[1]

E. blohmi is distributed in the Orinoco River basin and Tuy River of the Caribbean coast of Venezuela.[1] E. blohmi grows to 8.5 cm (3.3 in) SL. It is found in a variety of habitats where there is poor visibility and the water is still or slow-flowing. It feeds on filamentous algae and other plant material during the dry season.[2]

E. dispilurus is distributed in the central and western parts of the Amazon River basin along and south of the main channel of the Amazon River, and Paraguay River basin in Paraguay, northern Argentina and southern Brazil.[1] E. dispilurus grows to 12.3 cm (4.8 in) SL. It inhabits the lower part of larger rivers. They are nocturnal, but are also active during dusk and dawn. They feed on smaller fish.[3]


1. ^ a b c Ferraris, Carl J., Jr. (2007). "Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types" (PDF). Zootaxa 1418: 1–628. http://silurus.acnatsci.org/ACSI/library/biblios/2007_Ferraris_Catfish_Checklist.pdf.
2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2008). "Epapaterus blohmi" in FishBase. Sep 2008 version.
3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2008). "Epapaterus dispilurus" in FishBase. Sep 2008 version.

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