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Preñadilla Andean Catfish

17*…AMBATO;a name derived (a mutation) from the original name, Hambatu, Jambatu, Hambatug...etc., depending on the native language it was supposedly “translated / interpreted” from, has been assigned subsequently to the city and river now bearing the name: Ambato; whether it was originally a name or perhaps the description of a place, its flora or fauna.

Tadpole...?, Pollywog hill...?; little fish...? (small "catfish) (...from Quitche, Quichua, Quechua...?) Also known in Spanish as the ‘preñadilla ', or 'preniadilla '... (17a*)

...HOWEVER: Octavio Cordero-Palacios (1*), the notable Cuencan HISTORIAN, writes, among other truths: "...Aside from the countless species of marine fauna on the coast, and the many schools of fish that spawn along coastal rivers, it was the CAÑARI region (bordering on the PURUHUA region) even in its inter-Andean part, that had a good supply of fish although just one kind, the challua or catfish..."

In this regard, Garcilaso (*) says: "With so much water in that land >>of Tahuantinsuyu<<, one would expect there to be many fish, but there are not so much. It is believed that there are so few fish because of the fury with which these rivers run and the few pools they form. And the few fish that there are, are quite different from the fishes growing in the rivers of Spain: they seem to be all one species, with no scales, but rather a skin like a grape, with a broad, flat head, like a frog, and therefore a wide mouth. It is quite tasty to eat, with the skin and all, which is so thin that it need not be removed: they call it challua, which means ‘fish’..."

Hernando Pablos tells us that "…the waters of these rivers are very good and delicate, especially the Machángara River: they have lots of fish without scales, the largest being one handspan long, and shaped like a catfish… "

Regarding the Paute River, Friar Melchior Pereira says: "...they catch fish like little catfish without scales... "

PREÑADILLA; f. Ecuador. Common little fish in Andean rivers and gullies. (2*) (Astroblepus ubidiai),  

So, CHALLUA in the CAÑARIS language means the same as HAMBATO in that language or in the PURUHAES languages – i.e., in Spanish, PREÑADILLA...!!;.. so this name DID NOT come from Quichua, or Quechua...! (Hurray...!)

HENCE: The natives of these places DID NOT have to ", from their communities in the highlands down to the seashore, to bring fresh fish in a given time – or less ...!" (¡Indignation...!)
(1*)Cordero-Palacios, Octavio. Historical Studies. Selection. EDT. Central Bank of Ecuador.-Gráficas Hernández Cia. Cuenca-1986.-Pp.10/12. Primary source. *... it is known – people know that...
(2*) Small LAROUSE illustrated dictionary - ED. 1964.-P. 834

17* PREÑADILLA…These scale-less FISH, currently very scarce and small, there used to be, up until not so long ago (the 1950s) plenty in the Ambato River, especially in the deepest part, where they would collect, as well as in natural springs where water came up from underground, and in creeks that fed the river …

…Unfortunately, the ‘planting’ of trout (about 1960); which is a species from other environments, and eats other native fish, plus the brutally increasing pollution, with wastes of all kinds from the city of Ambato and surrounding areas, which all end up in the river, have practically extinguished this species...

…Since they look a lot like tadpoles*, they are sometimes taken to be frogs by some authors. It would seem that (the way I see it) someone has mistakenly claimed that the current name of the city of AMBATO comes from little frogs, a species that shares the river habitat with the Andean catfish – both species unfortunately in danger of extinction…

*Tadpole (…’baby’ frogs.… Frogs, and NOT  fish!); in Quichua they are called: “pimbalos” (u)…, but never HAMBATOS… although there may be other names in other languages…





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