Phreatobius cisternarum


The Phreatobius cisternarum lives in the demersal, freshwater, brackish environment.

Phreatobius cisternarum is a species of catfish in the genus Phreatobius. This Brazilian fish is one of the few fish species that live underground in phreatic habitats. It has proved problematic in its classification, which remains uncertain. More

For quite some time Phreatobius cisternarum was the only species in the genus. However, two new species were described relatively recently in 2007, Phreatobius dracunculus and Phreatobius sanguijuela. Phreatobius has been classified with a number of different families: Clariidae, Plotosidae, Trichomycteridae, Cetopsidae, and Pimelodidae. More

Phreatobius cisternarum Goeldi, 1905 - add this species to your "My Cats" page. More

Catfish, Phreatobius cisternarum, from subterranean waters at the mouth of the Amazon River (Siluriformes, Incertae Sedis). Pap More

The subterranean catfish Phreatobius cisternarum is one of the most puzzling catfishes. Its unusual subterranean environment, bright red coloration, aberrant morphology, rarity in collections and uncertain phylogenetic relationships, all make the species an intriguing member of the Siluriformes. Described by Goeldi (1905), P. More

The catfish Phreatobius cisternarum lives in underground, phreatic habitats, and a relative lives in waterlogged leaf litter. Fish range in size from the 16 m (51 ft) whale shark to the 8 mm (just over ΒΌ of an inch) long stout infantfish. More

Common names

Virtapimelo in Finnish (suomen kieli)

Order : Siluriformes
Family : Heptapteridae
Genus : Phreatobius
Species : Phreatobius cisternarum
Authority : Goeldi, 1905