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Astyanax puka  Mirande, Aguilera & Azpelicueta, 2007

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes (Characins) > Characidae (Characins) > Incertae sedis
Etymology: Astyanax: The name of Astyanax, Hector´s son in the Greek mithology (Ref. 45335);  puka: The specific epithet puka is a Quichua word that means red, in allusion to the intensely red anal and caudal fins of this species. A noun in apposition.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Subtropical

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 72407)

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Astyanax puka is distinguished from the remaining species of the genus by the following combination of characters: shallow body (33.5–39.8% SL), 36–38 perforated scales in lateral line, 6/5 transverse scales, 9–10 gradually decreasing dentary teeth, distally expanded premaxillary teeth, one distally expanded maxillary tooth with 7–9 cusps, short upper-jaw length (34.5–37.8% HL), short maxilla (20.7–23.3% HL)expanded abruptly under maxillary tooth position, short postorbital distance (36.6–46.9% HL), short pelvic to anal-fin origin distance (17.1–20.6% SL), 22–27 branched anal-fin rays, long caudal peduncle (13.3–16.5% SL), bony hooks restricted to pelvic-fin rays 2 to 6 and anterior 6–13 branched anal-fin rays on mature males, and the presence of broad denticles on anterior, lateral, and posterior edges of first ceratobranchial gill rakers (Ref. 72407).

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South America: Argentina. Río Salí basin in northwestern Argentina (Ref. 72407).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Mirande, J.M., G. Aguilera and M. Azpelicueta, 2007. A new species of Astyanax (Characiformes: Characidae) from the endorheic Río Salí basin, Tucumán, northwestern Argentina. Zootaxa 1646:31-39.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=-2.00000 (nan - nan), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.8   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .