Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Cichlasomatinae
Etymology: Mesonauta: Name not explained by Günther; probably from the Greek 'mesos' meaning middle or average, and 'nautes' for sailo (alternatively from Latin 'nauta' or sailor; the name perhaps refers to he position of dorsal fin origin posterior to the pelvic fin which was the author's principal diagnostic character.; egregius: Name from a Latin adjective 'egregius' meaning eminent or distinguished..
More on authors: Kullander & Silfvergrip.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 4.8 - ?. Tropical; ? - 30°C (Ref. 40602)
South America: Orinocoa River basin, in the Meta and Vichada River basins.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36377)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the lower metamerie meristics than its congeners: dorsal fin count usually XIV.ll instead of XV.l0-l1, anal fin count usually VILlI which is not found in other Mesonauta species, El row scales usually 24 instead of 25 or 26, vertebrae 13+13 instead of 12+14 or 13+14. Bar 6 is split ventrally, but unlike in M. mirificus with similar pattem, there are no horizontal stripes along the sides . It is distinguished from the geographically c!ose M. insignis also by deeper body (50.7-55.6%SL vs 47.6-53.4%SL) and shorter snout (8.9-11.0% vs 1O.2-13.0%SL), and by having plain coloured instead of reticulated dorsal pigment pattern (ref. 86444).
In shallow water among aquatic plants (Ref. 40602).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kullander, S.O. and A.M.C. Silfvergrip, 1991. Review af the South American cichlid genus Mesonauta Gunther (Teleostei, Cichlidae) with descriptions af two new species. Revue suisse Zoo!. 98(2):407-448. (Ref. 86444)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02754 (0.01256 - 0.06040), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Climate Vulnerability (Ref. 125649
): (0 of 100) .