Ituglanis bambui

Bichuette and Trajano 2004







Holotype: MZUSP 79860 43.2mm SL. Paratypes: MZUSP 79861 32.7mm SL, MZUSP 79862 30.6 – 45.5mm SL, MZUSP 79863 35.0-41.4mm SL, MZUSP 79864 31.7-46.3mm SL.


Known only from the type locailty: Angelica Cave, Terra Ronca State Park, Sao Domingos, Brazil. 13o31S, 46o23W.


In two tributary streams separated by 7km. Water derived from epikarst.

Conservation Status

[NE] [CR B2ab(iii,v):3.1:2011]

Ituglanis bambui is endemic to Brazil, known from a single cave, Angelica Lapa, Angélica-Bezerra System, Paranã River basin, Alto Tocantins, municipality of São Domingos, Goiás. The area of occupancy is estimated at 5 km2. The cave is visited by many people who are not controled. Besides the trampling and silting of the river, the presence of the tourists causes the bats to move away, reducing the amount of guano and, consequently, the terrestrial arthropods that are part of the species diet. A decrease of the population (35%), in 10 years, was observed in this section of the cave, which may be related to the intense and uncontrolled visits. Therefore, Ituglanis bambui was categorized as Critically Endangered (CR) under the criterion B2ab (iii, v). As a conservation measure, visits in the cave should be suspended". [Google Translate]

Museum Holdings

As above plus: LESCI00004, LESCI0009, LESCI 00010, LESCI 00034, LESCI00117, LESCI00151 (Rizzato and Bichuette 2017)

Key References

Bichuette, ME and Trajano, E Journal Article 2004 Three new subterranean species of Ituglanis from central Brazil (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae)
Bichuette, M.E. and Rizzato, P.P. Journal Article 2012 A new species if cave catfish from Brazil, Trichomycterus rubbioli sp. n., from Serra do Ramalho karstic area, Sao Francisco River basin, Bahia State (Siluriformes: Trichmycteridae)
Rizzato, P.P. and Bichuette, M.E. Journal Article 2014 Ituglanis boticario, a new troglomorphic catfish (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) from Mambai karst area, central Brazil
Rizzato, P.P. and Bichuette, M.E. Journal Article 2017 The laterosensory canal system in epigean and subterranean Ituglanis (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae), with comments about troglomorphism and the phylogeny of the genus
Bichuette, M.E., Simões, L.B., Zepon, T., von Schimonsky, D.M. and Gallão, J.E. Journal Article 2019 Richness and taxonomic distinctness of cave invertebrates from the northeastern state of Goiás, central Brazil: a vulnerable and singular area