Gymnogeophagus mekinos, Elongated eartheater

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Gymnogeophagus mekinos Malabarba, Malabarba & Reis 2015

Elongated eartheater
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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes (Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Geophaginae
Etymology: Gymnogeophagus: Greek, gymnos = naked + Greek, gea = the earth + Greek, phaegein, to eat (Ref. 45335);  mekinos: Name from Greek 'mekinos' meaning prolonged, referring to the comparatively elongated body of this species; noun in apposition.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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South America: rio Negro and rio Uruguay.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 118066)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 13 - 15; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 10. This species is distinguished from its congeners, except G. gymnogenysgymnogenys by its more elongate body (body depth 34.9-38.3% SL, mean = 36.7 vs. 38.6-44.2 % SL, mean = 40.6 in gymnogenys specimens larger than 6.5 cm SL), and by the continuous iridescent olivaceous coloration of males (vs. clearly demarcated iridescent blue spots on the center of each scale) (Ref. 118066).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Malabarba, L.R., M.C. Malabarba and R.E. Reis, 2015. Descriptions of five new species of the Neotropical cichlid genus Gymnogeophagus Miranda Ribeiro, 1918 (Teleostei: Cichliformes) from the rio Uruguay drainage. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 13(4):637-662. (Ref. 118066)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)


CITES (Ref. 123416)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = No PD50 data   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01738 (0.00785 - 0.03846), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.5 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.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .