A new species of Leporinus from the Orinoco Basin, Venezuela

OSIC graduate students Ben Frable and Michael Burns and curator Brian Sidlauskas recently described Leporinus arimaspi from extensive series of fishes collected in the Orinoco basin of Venezula.  The name refers to the legendary Arimaspi people of northern Scythia, whose purported possession of just a single eye is reminiscent of the dark spot at the center of the body of the newly described species.

Link: http://www.asihcopeiaonline.org/doi/abs/10.1643/CI-13-071
Image: A young specimen of the new species, Leporinus arimaspi (ANSP 182663).  Photo credit:  Mark Sabaj Perez