Aspredinichthys tibicen  (Valenciennes, 1840)

Tenbarbed banjo
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Aspredinidae (Banjo catfishes) > Aspredininae
Etymology: Aspredinichthys: Latin, aspredo, asperitas = roughness + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; brackish; demersal.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36695); common length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217)

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Central and South America: lower portions of coastal rivers and in coastal waters from Venezuela to northern Brazil.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Benthic fish occurring mainly in brackish water. Found on soft bottoms of shallow turbid water near river mouths. The species has a peculiar mode of egg incubation wherein the female banjo catfish carries the eggs firmly attached to the underside of the body. This seems to be an adaptation to facilitate the oxygenation of the eggs in muddy environments. Reproduction takes place in March and June (Ref. 35381).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Female develops spongy tentacles on her belly during the breeding season and incubates her eggs by carrying them about attached to these tentacles.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Friel, John P. | Collaborators

Cervigón, F., R. Cipriani, W. Fischer, L. Garibaldi, M. Hendrickx, A.J. Lemus, R. Márquez, J.M. Poutiers, G. Robaina and B. Rodriguez, 1992. Fichas FAO de identificación de especies para los fines de la pesca. Guía de campo de las especies comerciales marinas y de aquas salobres de la costa septentrional de Sur América. FAO, Rome. 513 p. Preparado con el financiamento de la Comisión de Comunidades Europeas y de NORAD. (Ref. 5217)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.7500   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00339 (0.00133 - 0.00862), b=3.04 (2.82 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.