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Trichomycterus trefauti  Wosiacki, 2004

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Trichomycteridae (Pencil or parasitic catfishes) > Trichomycterinae
Etymology: Trichomycterus: Greek, thrix = hair + Greek, mykter, -eros = nose (Ref. 45335);  trefauti: Named after Dr. Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues, who discovered and collected the first specimens of the species.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 6. Trichomycterus trefauti differs from all other known members of the sub-family Trichomycterinae by the autapomorphic presence of ann elliptical, vertically elongated, brown spot, at caudal-fin base (vs. without elliptical spot at caudal-fin base), and the combination of homogeneously gray color pattern (vs. yellowfish, presence of stripes or or bands, or lack of color pattern), first pectoral-fin ray prolonged as a filament (vs. not prolonged), subterminal mouth (vs. inferior or terminal mouth), two supraorbital pores at interorbital space (vs. one supraorbital pore at mesial line), caudal fin truncate with attenuated edges (vs. caudal fin rounded), pelvic fins covering anus and urogenital openings (vs.not covering), interorbital space very wide 39.8-45.9% HL(vs. more or less than 39.8-45.9% HL), maxillary barbels very long 84.2-93.0% HL (vs.more or less than 84.2-93.0% HL), rictal barbels very long 67.6-74.3% HL (vs.more or less than 67.6-74.3%HL).

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South America: known only from the type-locality : Riacho Andrequicé, Trinta Réis, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Wosiacki, W.B., 2004. New species of the catfish genus Trichomycterus (Siluriformes, Trichomycteridae) from the headwaters of the rio São Francisco bason, Brazil. Zootaxa (592):1-12. (Ref. 52782)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [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).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec < 100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .