Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Lithogeninae
Etymology: Lithogenes: Greek, lithos = stone + Greek, gene = birth, race (Ref. 45335). More on author: Eigenmann.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48602)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: presence of 8-branched pectoral-fin rays (vs. nine); single (vs. multiple) lateral cheek plate developed as a thin rod (vs. expanded, laminar); trunk plates of dorsal and ventral series large, contacting plates of midline series at least posteriorly (vs. plates small, not contacting those of midline series posteriorly); presence of a dark pigment band on snout (vs. snout region uniformly pigmented or mottled); further distinguished from Lithogenes wahari having odontodes along entire length of the ventral surface of the first pelvic-fin ray (vs. none from proximal portion of ventral surface); accessory premaxillary teeth present (vs. none); anal fin dusky (vs. intense pigment band along fin base and diffuse spot at midlength of fin rays); adipose fin with an ossified spine along its leading edge (vs. no spine); further distinguished from L. valencia by the presence of asymmetrically bifid teeth (vs. tooth cusps symmetrically bifid), 7 (vs. 5) branched anal-fin rays (Ref. 83588).
South America: Essequibo River drainage, Potaro River in Guyana.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Schaefer, S.A. and F. Provenzano, 2008. The Lithogeninae (Siluriformes, Loricariidae): anatomy, interrelationships, and description of a new species. Amer. Mus. Novit. (3637):1-49. (Ref. 83588)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .