Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Cichlinae
Etymology: Teleocichla: Greek, tele, telos = perfect + Greek, kichle = wrasse (Ref. 45335); wajapi: Named after the indigenous people of the Tupi-guarani cultural-linguistic group, Wajãpi, also known as Waiapi or Oyampi. Noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Brazil in rio Jari and two of its tributaries, rio Iratapuru and rio Pacanari.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93336)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 20 - 22;
soft rays: 6 - 8. Distinguished from other species of Teleocichla, except T. centrarchus, by having four instead of three spines on anal fin. Diagnosed from Teleocichla centrarchus by having 56-62 scales in E1 series (vs. 64-69), smaller orbital diameter 24.6-30.2%, mean 28.2% of head length (vs. 30.8-34.8%, mean 33.5% of head length) and by having barred or zigzag color pattern on flanks (vs. longitudinal series of patches formed by small, dark irregular markings on midlateral area of flanks and on dorsum.). Can be separated from T. cinderella, by the absence (vs. presence) of small, dark irregular markings scattered on flanks; from T. centisquama, and T. monogramma, by having the anterior and posterior branches of the lateral line separated by one scale-row instead of a continuous lateral line; and from T. gephyrogramma by having 56-62 scales in E1 series (vs. 64-75) (Ref. 93336).
Inhabits shallow rapids with clear water and rocky riverbed composed of an array of material, from pebbles to boulders or slabs. Observed to remain mostly stationary in areas where the water velocity was slower, apparently protected between slabs of rock or close to the river bank (Ref. 93336).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Varella, H.R. and C.R. Moreira, 2013. Teleocichla wajapi, a new species of cichlid from the rio Jari, Brazil, with comments on T. centrarchus Kullander, 1988 (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Zootaxa 3641(2):177-187. (Ref. 93336)
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
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00676 (0.00292 - 0.01565), b=3.10 (2.91 - 3.29), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±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 (12 of 100) .