Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Rivulidae
Etymology: litteratus: From the latin litteratus (marked with letters), an allusion to the color pattern of the males, comprising red marks on the flanks resembling letters.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Upper rio Araguaia basin, central Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54355); 3.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Distinguished by the unique color pattern on the flank in males, with red marks variable in shape, highly overlapped (vs. never a similar color pattern), and caudal fn with dark gray stripe posterior to caudal spot in females (vs. stripe absent). Also distinguished from all other members of the R. punctatus group by the combination of the following features: frontal squamation F-patterned (vs. E-patterned), flank with striking iridescent colors in male, contrasting metallic blue to greenish blue on middle of flank with light purplish blue above anal fin and brownish golden on anterior dorsolateralportion of body (vs. never a similar color pattern), no distinctive dark stripe along midline of flank (vs. stripe present); red bars on caudal fin in males (vs. bars absent).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Costa, W.J.E.M., 2005. Seven new species of the killifish genus Rivulus (Cyprinodontiformes: Rivulidae) from the Paraná, Paraguay and upper Araguaia river basins, central Brazil. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 3(1):69-82. (Ref. 54355)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00479 (0.00199 - 0.01149), b=3.14 (2.93 - 3.35), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .