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Aspredo aspredo (Linnaeus, 1758)

John P. Friel
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Containing group: Aspredinidae


Members of the genus are the largest aspredinids. They occur from the Orinoco delta, through the Guianas, to the Amazon. Aspredo appears to enter further into freshwater rivers than other Aspredini.



A genus of large banjo-catfish (up to 385 mm SL) distinguished from all other aspredinids by the following: humeral processes expanded often contacting posterior coracoid processes in large specimens. Other characters not unique to this genus but useful for identification include the following: maxillary barbel adnate with head; one pair of accessory barbels present; body pigmentation uniform without any pattern of dark saddles; and unculiferous tubercle rows highly reduced.

Other Names for Aspredo aspredo (Linnaeus, 1758)


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

Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae (10 ed.), Stockholm, 1: 1-824.

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.

Scopoli, I. A. 1777. Introductio ad historiam sistens genera lapidum, plantarum et animalium.

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John P. Friel
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, Ithaca, New York, USA

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