Phreatobius sanguijuela

Fernandez, Saucedo, Carvajal and Schaefer 2007





Bolivia, Brazil


Holotype: UMSS 1785 42.1mm SL. Paratypes: MNKP 5373 27.8mm SL and 32.3mm SL.


Type locality: Artificial well, Comunidad de Porvenir, 13°59'14.44"S, 61°32'27.05"W, Río Iténez basin, Dept. Santa Cruz, Bolivia, elevation 172 meters. Known also from eight wells near São Francisco do Guaporé, Rondônia State, Brazil (Ohara, Dacosta and Fonseca 2016).

Conservation Status

[CR B2ab(iii):3.1:2016]

(Sarmiento, J., Maldonado, M. & Carvajal, F. 2016. Phreatobius sanguijuela. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: Downloaded on 07 July 2017).

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Fernandez, L., Saucedo, L.J., Carvajal-Vallejos, F.M. and Schaefer, S.A. Journal Article 2007 A new catfish of the genus Phreatobius Goeldi 1905 from groundwaters of the Itenez River, Bolivia (Siluriformes: Heptapteridae)
Ohara, W.M., Da Costa, I.D. and Fonseca, M.L. Journal Article 2016 Behavioiur, feeding habits and ecology of the blind catfish Phreatobius sanguijuela (Ostariophysi: Siluriformes)
Trajano, E, Gallao, J.E and Bichuette, M. E. Journal Article 2016 Spots of high biodiversity of troglobites in Brazil: the challenge of measuring subterranean diversity
Gallão, J.E. and Bichuette M.E. Journal Article 2018 Brazilian obligatory subterranean fauna and threats to the hypogean environment