Astroblepus riberae

Cardona and Guerao 1994

Astroblepus riberae
Redrawn by Rhian Kendall from Cardona and Guerao (1994)






Holotype: DBAMZB (no reference number) female 79mm SL. Paratypes DBAMZB (no reference numbers) 6 females 50.8m - 89.1mm SL, 4 males 56.3mm - 124.0mm SL.


Known only from the type locality: La Cueva de Ninabamba, Peru (6°19'48"S, 78°30'36"W).

This cave is in the biogeographic unit Central Pacific and drainage basin Coastal north of Lima of Schaefer (2011:268-273).


Details of the type locality are provided by Martinez, Romero, Romero and Ribera (1983).


No published details.

Conservation Status

TLO [DD:3.1:2016]

Velasquez Quispe, M., Hidalgo del Aguila, M. & Chocano, L. 2016. Astroblepus riberae. This cavern species has only been recorded in the subterranean drainage of the Ninabamba cave and has an area of occupancy of less than 10 km2. However, it is not known whether it is exposed to any threat. Hence, it is categorized as Data Deficient.

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Johnson, R.D.O. Journal Article 1912 Notes on the habits of a climbing catfish (Arges marmoratus) from the Republic of Colombia
Martinez, A., Romero, D., Romero, M. and Ribera, C. Journal Article 1983 El carst del nord del Peru Expedicions HIRCA-76 i MILLPU-77
Cardona, L. and Guerao, G. Journal Article 1994 Astroblepus riberae, una nueva especie de siluriforme cavernicola del Peru (Osteichthyes, Astroblepidae)
Ribera, C and Belles, X Book Section 1994 Perou
Buitrago-Suarez, U.A. and Galvis, G. Journal Article 1997 Description of some accessory stuctures of the urogenital system in the neotropical Family Astrobelpidae (Pisces, Siluroidei)
Schaefer, S.A. and Buitrago-Suarez, U.A. Journal Article 2002 Odontode morphology and skin surface features of Andean astroblepid catfishes (Siluriformes, Astroblepidae)
Schaefer, S.A., Chakrabarty, P., Geneva, A.J. and Sabaj Pérez, M.H. Journal Article 2011 Nucleotide sequence data confirm diagnosis and local endemism of variable morphospecies of Andean astroblepid catfishes (Siluriformes: Astroblepidae)
Conway, K.W., Lujan, N.K., Lundberg, J.G., Mayden, R.L. et al Journal Article 2012 Microanatomy of the paired-fin pads of ostariophysan fishes (Teleostei: Ostariophysi)
Spadella, M.A., Oliveira, C., Ortega, H., Quagio-Grassiotto, I. and Burns, J.R. Journal Article 2012 Male and female reproductive morphology in the inseminating genus Astroblepus (Ostariophysi: Siluriformes: Astroblepidae)
Crop, W.D., Pauwels, E., Hoorebeke, L.V. and Geerinckx, T. Journal Article 2013 Functional morphology of the Andean climbing catfishes (Astroblepidae, Siluriformes): alternative ways of respiration, adhesion, and locomotion using the mouth
Lujan, N.K. and Conway, K.W. Book Section 2015 Life in the fast lane: A review of rheophily in freshwater fishes
Conde-Saldan, C.C., Souza Cunha, M., Albornoz-Garzo, J.G., Valiati Barreto, C.A., Ibagon, N., Villa-Navarro, F.A. and Abdala Dergam, J. Journal Article 2019 Karyotypic divergence of two co-occurring species of Andean climbing catfishes (Siluriformes: Loricarioidei: Astroblepidae)
Ochoa, L.E., Melo, B.F., García-Melo, J.E., Maldonado-Ocampo, J.A., Souza, C.S., Albornoz-Garzón, J.G., Conde-Saldaña, C.C., Villa-Navarro, F., Ortega-Lara, A. and Oliveira, C. Journal Article 2020 Species delimitation reveals an underestimated diversity of Andean catfishes of the family Astroblepidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes)