Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Auchenipteridae
(Driftwood catfishes) > Auchenipterinae
Etymology: Spinipterus: Name derived from Latin 'spina' for spine and Greek 'pterus' meaning wing, referring to the serrated nature of fin spines.; acsi: by the Planetary Biodiversity Inventory Program of the National Science Foundation (Ref. 87761).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87761)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 5. The genus being monotypic, its species diagnosis is that of the genus. A genus of the auchenipterid subfamily Auchenipterinae that is distinguished from all other auchenipterid genera by the following combination of derived features: pectoral- and dorsal-fin spines with four rows of serrations running from base to the tip of the spines; (2) lateral margins of skull roofing bones ornamented with a single row of spines; (3) groove along dorsal midline posterior to dorsal fin, in which the adducted dorsal fin rests. Also the new genus has a unique combination of fin-ray meristics that are summarized as follows: D- II,4-5; P- I,5-6; V- i,5 (i,4 on opposite side); A- iv,16; C- i,7,9,i (Ref. 87761).
South America: Peru (known only from the type locality).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Akama, A. and C.J. Ferraris Jr., 2011. Spinipterus, a new genus of small, spiny catfish (Siluriformes: Auchenipteridae) from the Peruvian Amazon. Zootaxa 2992:52-60. (Ref. 87761)
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
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00479 (0.00192 - 0.01191), b=3.15 (2.93 - 3.37), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-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 ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .