New miniature plec described from Tocantins basin

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A new species of miniature loricariid in the genus Corumbataia has been described from central Brazil.

The description of Corumbataia veadeiros by Tiago Carvalho is published in the most recent issue of the journal Copeia.

The new species is named after the Chapada dos Veadeiros, a formation characterized by flat-topped plateaus, situated to the south of the tributaries of the Paran River (itself a tributary of the Tocantins River), where the new species was discovered.

Corumbataia veadeiros is distinguished from congeners in lacking a raised tuft of enlarged odontodes on the supraoccipital, an infraorbital canal entering the infraorbital series via the sphenotic, and by the colour pattern of the caudal fin, which is composed of vertical dark bars.

For more information, see the paper: Carvalho, TP (2008) A new species of Corumbataia (Siluriformes: Loricariidae: Hypoptopomatinae) from upper Rio Tocantins basin, central Brazil. Copeia, 2008, pp. 552"557.