New species of Satanoperca

A new species of eartheater was recently identified in Brazil. Satanoperca curupira is the latest South American cichlid to be characterized and named.

From the paper, “Satanoperca curupira, a new cichlid species from the rio Madeira basin in Brazil (Teleostei: Cichlidae)” in Zootaxa:

Satanoperca curupira, new species, is described from the rio Madeira basin in the State of Rondônia, Brazil. It is distinguished from all congeners by the following combination of characters: 3–7 dark-brown oblique stripes on the lachrymal (vs. 2 well-defined dark-brown stripes, or dark-brown stripes absent) and an irregular pattern of dark-brown stripes on cheek and opercular series (vs. cheek without dark-brown markings or with light-beige rounded spots). According to meristic and color pattern characters, the new species is considered a member of the S. jurupari species group, and is syntopic with S. jurupari, which is widespread in the Amazon basin. The restricted geographical range of the new species is congruent to that observed for some other Satanoperca species.

See this entry at Novataxa for some good photos of the new species.

Citation: Ota, Renata R., Kullander, Sven O., Depra, Gabriel C., Da Graca, Weferson J., Pavanelli, Carla S. (2018), Satanoperca curupira, a new cichlid species from the rio Madeira basin in Brazil (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Zootaxa, 4379 (1): 103–112. DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.4379.1.6.

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