Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Pseudopimelodidae
(Bumblebee catfishes, dwarf marbled catfishes)
Etymology: Microglanis: Greek, mikros = small + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate
South America: Upper Rio Uruguay drainage in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states, southern Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 33009); max. published weight: 6.80 g (Ref. 79585)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9 - 12;
Vertebrae: 29 - 30. Large mouth gape (mouth width 21.5-27.1% SL) and squarish instead of conical head shape in large specimens. Shorter dorsal-fin spine (10.2-13.4% SL, vs. 13.4-21.0 in M. cottoides, 12.7-17.8 in M. parahybae, and 10.2-17.5 in M. cibelae) and larger predorsal length (40.4-45.7% SL, versus 35.1-42.0 in M. cottoides, 33.8-41.0 in M. parahybae, and 33.1-38.6 in M. cibelae) also distinguish this species.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Malabarba, L.R. and J.K.F. Mahler Jr., 1998. Review of the genus Microglanis in the rio Uruguay and coastal drainages of southern Brazil (Ostariophysi: Pimelodidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 9(3):243-254. (Ref. 33009)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .