Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Heptapteridae
Etymology: Cetopsorhamdia: Greek, ketos = a marine monster, whale + Brazilian vernacular name, Nhamdia/Jamdia (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.5 - 7.5. Tropical, preferred 26°C (Ref. 36171); 0°S - 4°S, 78°W - 72°W
South America: Napo River basin, Ecuador.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36171)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9 - 11;
Vertebrae: 37. Flexible, unbranched first ray and ten branched rays on its dorsal fin; dorsal fin situated relatively far posteriorly; pterygiophore of anterior dorsal fin ray articulating with neural spine of tenth vertebra; blade like neural spines of vertebrae five through nine extend dorsally, diverging at their dorsal ends to form a double row of ossifications just ventral to skin between supraoccipital and dorsal fin origin; a slender supraneural at posterior end of this v-shaped predorsal trough has attached muscles extending anteriorly between bifid neural spines to supraoccipital; maxillary barbel very long , reaching posteriorly beyond anal fin base. Distal portions of dorsal, adipose and anal fins, and most part of caudal fin almost unpigmented.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bockmann, F.A. and G.M. Guazzelli, 2003. Heptapteridae (Heptapterids). p. 406-431. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 36914)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00335 - 0.01640), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .