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Corydoras petracinii sp.nov.

Roberto Petracini
Roberto Petracini (1941-2016)

Corydoras petracinii
Corydoras petracinii, holotype (photo from publication)

new species:
Corydoras petracinii Calviño & Alonso, 2010

published in:
Calviño, P.A. & F. Alonso (2010):
Two new species of the genus Corydoras (Ostariophysi: Siluriformes: Callichthyidae) from northwestern Argentina, and redescription of C. micracanthus Regan, 1912.
Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, n. s. 11 (2): 199-214

type locality:
Argentina, Province of Salta, Finca Las Costas, around Salta city, small stream 200 m from its ending into the San Lorenzo river (S 24°47'08'’ - W 65°28'10'’, Altitude: 1222 m.a.s.l.). Holotype: MACN 9233 (36,0 mm SL)

distribution (from publication):
This species has only been found in its type locality, a nameless stream at 200 m from its ending into the San Lorenzo river. This river is part of the Juramento river basin that belongs to a fluvial network that ends in Paraná river at Santa Fe province.

abstract (from publication):
The group herein denominated as the Corydoras micracanthus species-group is supported by presenting dorsal and pectoral spines length reduced; caudal fin slightly emarginated; low body depth; parieto-supraoccipital process and nuchal plate not in contact and small eyes for the genus. It comprises Corydoras micracanthus, herein redescribed, and two new species described in the present paper, all from northwestern Argentina. Corydoras gladysae, a new species from the Calchaquí river, is distinguished from other species of the genus by the caudal-fin shape, slightly emarginated and by presenting the shortest dorsal and pectoral spines length (mean = 9.2 % and 14.8 % of SL, respectively). Corydoras petracinii, a new species from the Las Costas river, is distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: dorsal spine short (mean = 16.6 % of SL), pectoral spine short (mean = 18.3 % of SL), body moderately elongate (body depth 29.5 % SL mean), caudal fin slightly forked and trunk flanks with 5–7 subsquare differenced blotches in the middle region. Corydoras micracanthus, from the Mojotoro river basin, is defined by its higher number of dorsolateral body plates (24–26) and trunk color pattern, presenting 4 to 6 subsquare blotches well differentiated in the flanks. The inclusion of these species into the genus Corydoras is discussed.

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