Sternarchella schotti (Steindachner, 1868)
photo by Mensch, R.

Family:  Apteronotidae (Ghost knifefishes), subfamily: Apteronotinae
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  South America: Amazon and Orinoco basins.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: presence of a large eye, eye diameter 7-10% HL (vs. 6-9% HL) (shared with S. patriciae); with an ossified third basibranchial; 4-5 curved displaced hemal spines; an elongate swim bladder that extends beyond the posterior limit of the body cavity (Ref. 126780).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 July 2020 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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