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This species is known mainly from the main channels of large whitewater rivers such as the Rio Solimões(Amazon) and Río Ucayali. In the Tefé region, it was encountered only during the rising water period in January and February, and captured in waters of 2–4 m depth on beaches of alluvial silt and fine sand. Based on examined stomachs of four specimens, this species feeds exclusively on small, autochthonous, benthic insect larvae (of micro-caddis fly, biting midge and beetle). Most specimens had loose sand grains in the stomach (larger than the grains of sand in the caddis fly jackets), suggesting foraging on sandy substrates; one stomach contained many endoparasitic nematodes. All four specimens captured in the Tefé region had maturing, but not fully mature, gonads, suggesting that spawning occur during the rising water period, typical of riverine apteronotids (Ref. 83661).

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