Peckoltia pankimpuju

(Lujan and Chamon 2008) Armbuster, Werneke and Tan 2015



Hemiancistrus pankimpuju  Lujan and Chamon 2008


Amazon River: freshwater


Holotype: MUSM 32337 130.1mm SL. Paratype AUM 45595 98.5mm SL.


Known only from the type locality: Peru: Departamento Amazonas: Rio Marafion, Pongo de Manseriche above Borja, 35.5 km NE Juan Velasco (Santa Maria de Nieva) (4°27'38"S 77° 34'53"W).

Endemic – Amazonas main channel (Dagosta and de Pinna 2019).


Originally placed in the polyphyletic genus Hemiancistrus by Lujan and Chamon (2008) the species was moved to a monophyletic Peckoltia by Armbruster et al. (2015)

Biological Notes

The species is included in this list as it has a totally white body, head and fins with hyaline fin membranes. Chromatophores are absent and pink muscle tones show at the surface of the body. This is reflected in the specific name which is derived from 'pankim' meaning beautiful and 'puju' meaning white in the language of the Aguaruna people indiginous to northern Peru.

Conservation Status


Key References

Lujan, N.K. and Chamon, C.C. Journal Article 2008 Two new species of Loricariidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes) from main channels of the upper and middle Amazon Basin, with discussion of deep water specialization in loricariids
Crampton, W.G.R. Book Section 2008 Diversity and adaptation in deep-channel Neotropical electric fishes
Crampton, W.G.R. Book Section 2011 An ecological perspective on diversity and distributions
Armbruster, J.W., Werneke, D.C. and Tan, M. Journal Article 2015 Three new species of saddled loricariid catfishes, and a review of Hemiancistrus, Peckoltia, and allied genera (Siluriformes)
Lujan, N.K., Cramer, C.A., Covain, R., Fisch-Muller, S. and López-Fernández, H. Journal Article 2017 Multilocus molecular phylogeny of the ornamental wood-eating catfishes (Siluriformes, Loricariidae, Panaqolus and Panaque) reveals undescribed diversity and parapatric clades
Armbruster, J., van der Sleen, P. and Lujan, N. Book Section 2018 Subfamily Hypostominae - Plecos and relatives
Dagosta, F.C.P. and de Pinna, M.C.C Journal Article 2019 The fishes of the Amazon: Distribution and biogeographical patterns, with a comprehensive list of species