Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Geophaginae
Etymology: Apistogramma: Greek, apisto = uncertain + Greek, gramma = graphic signal (Ref. 45335); inconspicua: Name from a Latin adjective meaning inconspicuous (as suggested by the near-absence of abdominal stripes). More on author: Kullander.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 7.0; dH range: 10 - ?. Tropical; 23°C - 28°C (Ref. 2059)
South America: Amazon River basin, in the Guaporé River drainage in Bolivia; Paraná River basin, in the upper Paraguay River basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81048); 4.0 cm (female)
This species is similar to A. commbrae in having a dark tail spot which includes the last vertical bar on the body and a caudal spot. The species' lateral band ends in the sixth vertical bar rather than in the tail spot; abdominal stripes appear as traces or are absent, rather than as conspicuous spots along the abdominal sides or short vertical stripes below the anterior part of the lateral band; specimens examined have 15 rather than 16 dorsal spines; posteromedial teeth on the lower pharyngeal tooth-plate bear two small projections on the rostral edge (Ref. 86502).
Maximum length is 7.0 cm TL (Ref. 12251). This fish is a cave spawner in which the male has a harem (Ref. 12251). Female clutch tender, but male often takes part in caring for eggs and larvae (Ref. 47893).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eggs are attached to the ceiling of caves (Ref. 47893). Female clutch tender, but male often takes part in caring for eggs and larvae (Ref. 47893).
Kullander, S.O., 2003. Cichlidae (Cichlids). p. 605-654. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 36377)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01738 (0.00782 - 0.03863), b=3.04 (2.85 - 3.23), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec<1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .