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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Loricariidae
Subfamily: Delturinae
Reis, Pereira & Armbruster, 2006


The Delturinae are a subfamily of catfishes (order Siluriformes) of the family Loricariidae, including two genera, Delturus and Hemipsilichthys.[1] This group is sister to all other loricariids except Lithogenes.[1] The geographical distribution of Delturinae, exclusively on the southeastern Brazilian Shield, indicates southeastern Brazil acts as either a refugium for basal loricariid taxa or a point of origin for the Loricariidae.[1]

Both genera can be separated from all other loricariids by the presence of a postdorsal ridge made up of raised, median, unpaired plates and the presence of an adipose fin membrane. Hemipsilichthys can be separated from Delturus by not having the anterior plates of the ridge contacting the lateral plates (juveniles of Delturus also have this condition) and by having a rectangular (vs. V-shaped) spinelet.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Reis, Roberto E.; Pereira, Edson H.L.; Armbruster, Jonathan W. (2006). "Delturinae, a new loricariid catfish subfamily (Teleostei, Siluriformes), with revisions of Delturus and Hemipsilichthys". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 147 (2): 277–299. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2006.00229.x. 
  2. ^ Armbruster, Jonathan W. "New Subfamily". Retrieved 2007-08-08.