A new genus and species of neotropical electric fish, Japigny kirschbaum (Gymnotiformes: Sternopygidae), from French Guiana

Meunier F.J., Jégu M., Keith P.

Published date: September 2014
Volume: 38
Number: 3
Pagination: 223–230
Publisher: Société Française d'Ichtyologie
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2014-383-005

Several specimens of a new knife-fish, Distocyclus guchereauae, belonging to Sternopygidae (Gym- notiformes), were caught in two tributaries (Litany and Tampoc) of Maroni river (French Guiana). This species differs from the other Distocyclus by having 13-14 versus 11-15 precaudal vertebrae, a small number of anal fin rays (184-187 versus 160-260), a triangular head with a short snout and a terminal mouth, and the anus located straight below the eyes.

Keywords: Distocyclus guchereauae - French Guiana - Gymnotiformes - New species - Sternopygidae
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