Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Trichomycteridae
(Pencil or parasitic catfishes) > Trichomycterinae
Etymology: Trichomycterus: Greek, thrix = hair + Greek, mykter, -eros = nose (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Rio Jequitinhonha basin in Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52473)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5 - 8. A series of large gray and nearly circular large spots latero-dorsally on body, some of which may be nearly fused to form long marks; a series of nearly circular large spots laterally on flank, some may be fused to form long marks, slightly smaller than the latero-dorsal circular large spots; these two series of large spots may be aligned one under the other or alternate one another; scattered, irregularly shaped and slightly smaller spots ventro-laterally on body; a series of mid-dorsal large spots on body, absent in large specimens; pelvic fin origin equidistant from base of middle caudal fin rays and a vertical between posterior margin of opercle (in juveniles, about 2.4 cm TL) and the posterior margin of pectoral fin or even slightly backward (in specimens about 8.3 cm TL); distance from dorsal fin origin to base of middle caudal fin rays 1.7-1.9 in predorsal distance and absence of spots on opercular region in intermediate and large size specimens; anus under anterior part of dorsal fin base (Ref. 52473).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Triques, M.L. and V. Vono, 2004. Three new species of Trichomycterus (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) from the Rio Jequitinhonha basin, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 15(2):161-172. (Ref. 52473)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00490 (0.00197 - 0.01219), b=3.08 (2.86 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec < 100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .