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; brackish; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.5 - ?. Tropical; 17°C - 28°C (Ref. 40602)
North America: Atlantic slope of northern Mexico, in the Panuco River drainage from the Sabinas River to the coastal Laguna Tamiahua.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36377); common length : 5.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193)
Prefers coastal lacustrine environment which is slightly salty and turbid and which has mud or sand bottom. Feeds primarily on aquatic and terrestrial insects but also takes small fishes when available. Adults spawn among exposed roots at the lagoon edges and produce about 400-500 eggs.
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. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg 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=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.60 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .