Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Cichlasomatinae
Etymology: Nosferatu: Name refers to the pair of well-developed recurved fangs inthe upper jaw present in all species of the genus, reminiscent of those in Marnau’s vampire Nosferatu..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.0 - 8.5; dH range: 30 - ?. Tropical; 22°C - 30°C (Ref. 2059)
North America: Atlantic slope, in the Panuco River basin, Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 25.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36377)
This species inhabits a karstic warm spring, Media Luna, which exists because of a tectonic ridge forming a hill southwest (SW) of El Jabalí. This spring formerly emptied into Rio Viejo, which has been blocked and diverted for agricultural purposes. It is sympatric with H. bartoni and H.
cf carpintis which was translocated into the Media Luna system (Ref. 94458). Aquarium conditions: pH=7, H=3, 25°C water temperature, omnivore, egg layer, needs plant and rock cover, not easy to raise in captivity.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
De la Maza-Benignos, M., C.P. Ornelas-García, M.d.L. Lozano-Vilano, M.E. García-Ramírez and I. Doadrio, 2015. Phylogeographic analysis of genus Herichthys (Perciformes: Cichlidae), with descriptions of Nosferatu new genus and H. tepehua n. sp. Hydrobiologia 748:201-231. (Ref. 99935)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
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
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.00861 - 0.04413), b=3.07 (2.88 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .