New Eartheater Cichlid: Satanoperca curupira

22 Feb, 2018

The newly-described eartheater, Satanoperca curupira, occurs syntopically with the more widespread and closely-related Satanoperca jurupari. Shown here: a "living specimen photographed just after capture in the rio Jaru, rio Madeira basin in Brazil" (photo by U. Werner).

A live specimen collected in the Rio Jaru, Rio Madeira basin, in Brazil” (photo by U. Werner).

The newly-described eartheater, Satanoperca curupira, occurs syntopically with the more widespread and closely-related Satanoperca jurupari. 

Abstract from Zootaxa

Satanoperca curupira, new species, is described from the rio Madeira basin in the State of Rondônia, Brazil. It is distinguished from all congeners by the following combination of characters: 3–7 dark-brown oblique stripes on the lachrymal (vs. 2 well-defined dark-brown stripes, or dark-brown stripes absent) and an irregular pattern of dark-brown stripes on cheek and opercular series (vs. cheek without dark-brown markings or with light-beige rounded spots). According to meristic and color pattern characters, the new species is considered a member of the S. jurupari species group, and is syntopic with S. jurupari, which is widespread in the Amazon basin. The restricted geographical range of the new species is congruent to that observed for some other Satanoperca species.

Reference

Ota, Renata & Kullander, Sven & Deprá, Gabriel & Graça, Weferson & Pavanelli, C. (2018). Satanoperca curupira, a new cichlid species from the rio Madeira basin in Brazil (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Zootaxa. 4379. . 10.11646/zootaxa.4379.1.6.

 

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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC, including AMAZONAS & CORAL Magazines. Matt has kept aquariums for 36 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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