Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
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); robustus: The specific name 'robustus' is derived from the Greek adjective, in reference to the truncated body and high caudal peduncle, giving a strong format to this catfish.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Rio Tocantins basin in Pará, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85327)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9 - 11;
Vertebrae: 27 - 28. Distinguished from all its congeners by having a cordiform blotch in the nape (instead of a transverse light stripe), neuromasts of the superficial lines surrounded by melanophores on trunks, robust body with short snout, head and predorsal distance, and deep caudal peduncle. Further differs by the combination of the following characters: three wide brown blotches at lateral of body; light brown vermiculations on trunk and caudal peduncle; mouth width 11.4-13.2% SL; snout length 9.1-10.7% SL; interorbital width 44.4-49.1% HL; head length 25.5-27.8% SL; predorsal length 35.6-38.5% SL; body width 25.0-27.7% SL; adipose-fin base length 24.5-28.0% SL; caudal peduncle length 14.2-17.4% of SL; caudal-peduncle depth 13.5-14.7% SL; anal fin with 9-11 rays; pectoral-fin spine with 6-8 serrations on posterior margin; and 4-8 gill rakers. (Ref. 85327).
Found in rapids. This represents the first Microglanis species encountered in rapids as all other species occur among marginal submerged vegetation, depositional substrata of leaves, and/or trunks in calm water stretches of rivers (Ref. 85327).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ruiz, W.B.G. and O.A. Shibatta, 2010. A new species of Microglanis (Siluriformes, Pseudopimelodidae) from lower Rio Tocantins basin, Pará, Brazil, with description of superficial neuromasts and pores of lateral line system. Zootaxa 2632:53-66. (Ref. 85327)
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
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .