Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Stethaprioninae
Etymology: Astyanax: The name of Astyanax, Hector´s son in the Greek mithology (Ref. 45335); yariguies: Refers to the Yariguíes, the indigenous group that inhabited an area that includes the watershed of Río Cascajales. They fiercely defended their pristine territory for more than 400 years, which likely contributed to the preservation of the species described here. The Yariguíes finally succumbed to invasion and extermination in the mid-20th century. A noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: tributaries of the Río Cascajales, in Río La Colorada basin, Río
Magdalena system in Colombia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91755)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 31 - 33;
Vertebrae: 35 - 37. Distinguished from other congeners by having the following characters: predorsal scale series regular with 13 scales; maxilla with six teeth; nine scale rows between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line; and snout length 14.9-25.3 % of head length. Can be separated easily from other characins (except for Astyanacinus orthodus) by its coloration pattern consisting of two humeral spots, midlateral stripe formed by anteriorly oriented chevron bars, and horizontally oriented oval-shaped caudal spot that continues over median caudal rays and never reaches a vertical through the last anal-fin ray base. Differs also from species of Astyanax by the combination of 6 teeth in maxilla, 13 scales in a regular predorsal series, 36-39 lateral line scales, 9 scale rows above and 7 scale rows below the lateral line, ii-iii 28-30 anal fin rays, and a maximum body depth 35.4-43.2% of SL (Ref. 91755).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Torres-Mejia, M., E. Hernández and V. Senechal, 2012. A new species of Astyanacinus (Characiformes: Characidae) from the Río Magdalena System, Colombia. Copeia 2012(3):501-506. (Ref. 91755)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01738 (0.00754 - 0.04005), b=3.02 (2.84 - 3.20), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .