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Unlike all other genera of subfamily Callichthyinae, the species ofLepthoplosternum are absent in the northern portion of the SouthAmerican continent, north of the rio Amazonas. The species are found inthe upper rio Amazonas in Peru (L. altamazonicum), middle rio Madeira(L. beni), rio Paraguay (L. pectorale), and in the lagunados Patos drainage (L. tordilho) in southern Brazil.


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