Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Stevardiinae
Etymology: Ptychocharax: Greek, ptyx, -ychos = fold + Greek, charax = a marine fish without identification (Ref. 45335). More on author: Weitzman.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26734)
South America: Upper Siapa River in Casiquiare River drainage in Venezuela.
Inhabits clear streams with sand and granitic rocks bottoms covered by dense mats of the plant Apinaga multibranchiata (Podostemaceae) in areas of fast water. Feeds on larvae of aquatic insects such as simuliids and trichopterans that were found among the podostemacean plants. A few ants and spiders were also found in the stomachs.
Weitzman, S.H., S.V. Fink, A. Machado-Allison and R. Royero L., 1994. A new genus and species of Glandulocaudinae (Teleostei: Characidae) from southern Venezuela. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 5(1):45-64.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [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), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.42 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .