Hemiancistrus landoni Eigenmann 1916,

Provenzano, Francisco & Barriga, Ramiro, 2017, The species of Hemiancistrus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from Ecuador, Zootaxa 4272 (2), pp. 221-235: 229-234

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Hemiancistrus landoni Eigenmann 1916


Hemiancistrus landoni Eigenmann 1916 

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Hemiancistrus landoni Eigenmann 1916:84  . Type locality: Naranjito , Ecuador. Hemiancistrus hammarlundi Rendahl 1937:2  , Fig. 1View FIGURE 1  . Type locality: Río Clementina system, northwest of Babahoyo, Los Ríos, Ecuador  .

Material examined. All from Ecuador, El Oro Province, MEPN-5948, 1 ex., 171.5 mm SL, La Cuca, canal de riego, río Arenillas , Granja PREDESUR, approx. 03°30'00"S 80°04'20"W, R. Barriga et al., 13 April 1979GoogleMaps  . MEPN- 5954, 1 ex., 88.6 mm SL, Río Piedras, curso superior del río Arenillas , approx. 03°38'10"S 79°55'40"W, R. Barriga et al., 12 April 1979GoogleMaps  . MEPN-17505, 1ex. 68.7 mm SL, Río Zaracay , approx. 03°38'55"S 79°52'180" W, P. Tufiño & R. Barriga, 20 November 2010  . Guayas Province, MEPN-9820, 1 ex., 59.9 mm SL, Río Minas , donde cruza la cooperativa 23 de Noviembre, 9 km S de Naranjal, approx., 02°41'26"S 79°38'16"W, R. Barriga, 22 September 1992GoogleMaps  . MEPN-15118, 1 ex., 134.9 mm SL, Río Minas, donde cruza la cooperativa 23 de Noviembre, 9 km S de Naranjal, approx., 02°41'26"S 79°38'16"W, R. Barriga, 22 September 1992. Los Ríos Province, MEPN-9926, 8 ex. (7 Alc. 1 Dry skeleton), 128.4–205.8 mm SL, Río Catarama , cerca de la poblacion Corona, approxGoogleMaps  . 01°37'23"S 79°28'20"W, R. Barriga, 15 February 1997. MEPN-10389, 1 ex., 214.6 mm SL, Río Quevedo , approx. 01°02'04"S 79°27'43"W, C. Estrella, May 1953GoogleMaps  . MEPN-17049, 1 ex., 60.6 mm SL, Río Jujan , cerca de la población de Jujan, approx. 01°53'04S 79°33'06"W, S. Abril, 23 June 1986  . MEPN-17050, 1 ex., 84.8 mm SL, Quevedo, G. Onore, November 1983. MEPN-18151, 3 ex., 192.3–213.4 mm SL, Río Las Juntas, afluente del río Babahoyo , approx  . 01°52'06"S 79°22'43"W, M. Olalla, 12 March 1964. Manabí Province, MEPN-9099, 1 ex., 135.6 mm SL, Río Portoviejo , Laguna de Poza Honda, parte inferior, approx., 01°04'55"S 80°09'16"W, R. Barriga, 0 5 February 1993GoogleMaps  . MEPN-17952, 6 ex., 56.3–183.9 mm SL, Río Portoviejo , 1 km aguas abajo de la primera compuerta, approx., 01°06'21"S 80°09'41"W, R. Barriga et al., 0 3 October 1992GoogleMaps  .

Hemiancistrus landoni  is recognized among all species of Hemiancistrus  sensu lato, except for H. medians  by its abdomen, which is completely covered by small bony plates, and has a peculiar color pattern, rounded dark spots (vs. abdomen naked with light spots or plain). According to the figures and redescription indicated by Fisch- Muller et al. (2012), H. landoni  can be recognized from H. medians  , by its dorsal fin when folded does not reach the origin of the adipose fin versus the dorsal fin folded reaches the origin of the adipose fin. Further recognized by its head shape, which is less deep, and by its supraoccipital without a keel. In H. medians  , the head is massive, and the supraoccipital has a keel. The eye is smaller in H. landoni  than in H. medians  , 15%–16% HL versus 18%–27% HL, respectively. Finally, the number of cheek odontodes is smaller in H. landoni  than in H. medians  , 10–20 vs. 20–60. Some large specimens show highly developed, long and pointed odontodes, on distal and dorsal portion of pectoral spines. This condition, as in other cases, may occur in sexually active adult males. Hemiancistrus landoni  is an endemic species of the Pacific slope of Ecuador, and is found exclusively in aquatic systems of the Guayas River Basin and other water courses related to this basin.

Comparative osteology. On the three species identified, we examined the bones that are related to the mobility of the opercular bone. The bones are the sphenotic, the compound pterotic (from now the pterotic), the hyomandibular and the opercular. The observed changes in the state or condition of each bone are related to the development of the musculature involved in the movement of the opercular and concomitant of the developed odontodes associated.

The observed changes on the sphenotic occur on the posterior surface. Two conditions are perceived; in the first condition, the posterior region has an excavation or canal, extending from the middle of the bone to the ventral region of the bone; the area from the middle of the bone towards the dorsal region is massive ( Fig. 6View FIGURE 6 A). The second condition is an excavation or canal that runs along the entire posterior surface, from the dorsal to the ventral. This channel is open in the ventral region, but towards the dorsal border it may be totally or partially open ( Fig. 6View FIGURE 6 B). In H. annectens  the first condition is observed, while in H. landoni  and in H. furtivus  , the second condition is observed, the canal is almost occluded at the dorsal border.

The pterotic bone has on its anterior surface something similar to that indicated for the sphenotic. In the first condition we can observe the presence of a canal that is occluded or closed towards the dorsal region of the bone ( Fig. 7View FIGURE 7 A). In the second condition the canal runs all or nearly all of the entire anterior surface of the pterotic bone ( Fig. 7View FIGURE 7 B). By articulating the sphenotic and pterotic bones, the canal partially becomes a tunnel. The tunnel may be closed or open dorsally. In H. annectens  , the first condition is observed, the pterotic canal is occluded or the tunnel is closed. In H. landoni  and in H. furtivus  , the second condition is observed, here the channel and tunnel runs almost all the anterior surface of the pterotic and the posterior surface of the sphenotic. In this case the tunnel closes towards the dorsal region.

On the ventral and anterior border of the pterotic there is a fossa and a process (anterior process of the pteroticsupracleitrum according to Armbruster 2004). Again, two conditions related to this region are observed. In the first condition, the fossa and the process are slightly developed ( Fig. 7View FIGURE 7 A). In the second, there is an appreciable development of the fossa and the process ( Fig. 7View FIGURE 7 B). In H. annectens  , the first condition is observed, while in H. landoni  and in H. furtivus  , the second condition is observed.

On the analyzed species, the opercular bone presents two different forms ( Fig. 8View FIGURE 8). In the first condition, the general shape or contour of the bone is almost triangular, similar to that described by Schaefer (1987) for Hypostomus plecostomus  and Cochlidon cochliodon  and Armbruster (2004) for Hemiancistrus maracaiboensis  and Hypostomus taphorni  (condition 0). In the second condition, the opercular has the contour of the opercular in the form of a paddle with a posterior dorsal projection, similar to that described by Schaefer (1987) for Peckoltia niveata  and by Armbruster (2004) for Peckoltia  sp. (Condition 1, Type- Peckoltia  ). The first condition of the opercular is present in H. annectens  ( Fig. 8View FIGURE 8 A), while the second condition is observed in H. landoni  and H. furtivus  ( Fig. 8View FIGURE 8 B). The changes in opercular shape can be related to the increase in its rotational capacity at the point of support (condyle of articulation with the hyomandibular) and its properties as a lever. The conditions or states observed could be used to include the species under study into the Hypostomini or Ancistrini  sensu Armbruster (2004).

The changes noted in the three bones are linked to increased development (increased diameter or muscle thickness) and increased surfaces of origin and insertion of the levator operculi and dilator operculi muscles, which was evidenced during the preparation of skeletons.

Discussion. The status of the genus Hemiancistrus  is still controversial. The loss of the holotype of H. medians  , and the way Kner (1854) presented the original description, generated doubts and discrepancies about the correct identity of this species. Fisch-Muller et al. (2012) established the taxonomic status and the identity of the type species, in spite of the descriptions provided by Günther (1864) and Regan (1904). We do not have specimens of H. medians  , however, as indicated by Fisch-Muller et al. (2012) and Armbruster et al. (2015), H. medians  and H. landoni  share some external morphological characteristics not observed in the other species included in Hemiancistrus  sensu lato, such as the presence of keels in the lateral plates of the body and a similar coloration pattern. The way the abdomen is covered appears to have some difference between H. medians  and H. landoni  , but none of the other species included in the group has such an extended abdominal covering. According with Armbruster et al. (2015) only H. medians  is included in the genus Hemiancistrus  . Therefore, the generic status of H. landoni  and the other species remains uncertain.

Hemiancistrus furtivus  is represented at the MEPN by seven specimens in five cataloged lots. Only four are in good conditions, and/or with an appreciable standard length. Comparisons with original descriptions of the geographically nearest species were made carefully, and the external characters observed on H. furtivus  shows that it is a new species. The belly is totally naked, the dorsal and caudal fins have a distinctive color pattern, and the small movable cheek odontodes differ from that of other Pacific Coast species described or placed in Hemiancistrus  . In spite of this, the body color pattern observed on our specimens is very close with that reported by Eigenmann (1916) in the original description of H. landoni  . He pointed out that the body has four oblique transverse saddles, the first behind the eyes, the second at the end of the dorsal fin, the third at the level of adipose fin, and the fourth at the caudal-fin origin. On our specimens of H. landoni  , the presence of saddles is variable in that some are very evident while in others they are very faint or no traces are observed ( Fig. 2View FIGURE 2). Two more species, were originally described from the Pacific versant of Ecuador, H. hammarlundi Rendahl 1937  , and H. fugleri Ovchynnyk 1971  . We agree with they are synonymous with H. landoni  and H. annectens  , respectively. The original description of H. hammarlundi  was made on a unique specimen of 70.4 mm SL (Armbruster per. comm.). This specimen has small patches of granular plates on belly, and 20 movable odontodes developed in the cheek area. This is clearly different to that observed in H. furtivus  . On the other hand, Ovchynnyk (1971) in the original description of H. fugleri  , points out that the folded dorsal fin reaches or is very close to adipose-fin origin, and that the belly has small patches of granular plates. The specimen used was 91 mm SL. Only the examined juveniles of H. annectens  show that the folded dorsal fin reaches the adipose-fin origin, and they also have small patches of granular plates on belly. The first character is useful to distinguish juveniles from H. landoni  and H. furtivus  , but the character changes with size; in large specimens of the three species, the folded dorsal fin does not reach the adipose-fin origin. Also, the figures provided by Ovchynnyk (1971) show a color pattern of the body and fins similar to H. annectens  , and different to that observed in H. furtivus  . Additionally, there are no developed cheek odontodes in H. fugleri  . These results support the synonymy proposed by Armbruster et al. (2015) between the species previously described from Ecuador, and confirms the presence of the new species. The completely naked abdomen, the dark rounded dots on it, and the small movable cheek odontodes distinguish H. furtivus  from all other species included in Hemiancistrus  sensu lato (Armbruster et al. 2015). Finally, Armbruster et al. (2015) established at least three groups within Hemiancistrus  sensu lato. The groupings are based on morphological similarity of species. The species H. landoni  and H. furtivus  are similar in overall body shape and the color pattern, but the cover of the abdomen and the degree development of mobile cheek odontodes are different. Despite these facts both species are included in the H. landoni  group.

Hemiancistrus annectens  , H. aspidolepis  , H. maracaiboensis  , H. holostictus  and H. wilsoni  , inhabit the trans- Andean region, Panamá, Maracaibo lake basin, the rivers Magdalena, Cauca, Atrato, San Juan (Colombia), and Santiago (Ecuador). When comparing the original descriptions of all species, and specimens of H. annectens  , it is evident that the external morphology, the meristic and morphometric data, and the color pattern are similar. This fact was previously detected by Schultz (1944), and mentioned by Regan (1913) and Eigenmann (1918). Some morphometric differences can be related with the size, the fixation and preservations conditions of the type specimens. At this moment, we do not have specimens of the other species on hand, and we are unable to offer diagnostics characters to recognize each species. A study to establish the status of each species is necessary, using direct comparison of fresh and well preserved specimens from each basin. In the meantime, the use of the names proposed to each basin is suggested. Recently, Armbruster et al. (2015) reassign to the genus Hypostomus  the five species, as a consequence of the results obtained on phylogenetic analyses. The external morphology of the five trans-Andean species of Hypostomus  seems to indicate that they do not belong in the genus Hemiancistrus  or even to the Ancistrini  group, as pointed in morphological and molecular phylogenies ( Armbruster 2004, 2008; Lujan et al 2015).

The comparative analysis of the bones related to the movement of the opercular, support the placement of H. annectens  in the Hypostomini and H. landoni  and H. furtivus  in the Ancistrini  . In order to establish the proper generic allocation of H. annectens  a project is being carried out which includes a comparative analysis of the indicated bones, between this species and species traditionally included in the genus Hypostomus  . In an analogous way, it is hoped to be able to compare osteologically the species included in the genus Hemiancistrus  sensu lato to indicate its appropriate taxonomic status.














Hemiancistrus landoni Eigenmann 1916

Provenzano, Francisco & Barriga, Ramiro 2017

Hemiancistrus landoni

Rendahl 1937: 2
Eigenmann 1916: 84