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Erethistoides ascita  Ng & Edds, 2005

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Erethistidae (South Asian river catfishes)
Etymology: Erethistoides: Greek, erethizo = that irritates + Greek, suffix oides = similar (Ref. 45335);  ascita: From the Latin adjective ascitus, meaning strange, in reference to the unusual pattern of serration on the anterior edge of the pectoral spine.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.5 - 8.0.   Tropical; ? - 30°C (Ref. 55978)

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Asia: Nepal.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85009)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 27 - 30. Distinguished from congeners in having serrations on the anterior edge of the pectoral spine diverging at the distal quarter (vs. middle) and in having flattened and elongate plaque-like tubercles (vs. rounded tubercles) on the head and body. Both E. ascita and E. cavatura differ from E. montana and E. pipri in having a longer caudal peduncle (19.3-22.5% SL vs. 14.4-17.3). Both species differ further from E. montana in having a more slender body (body depth at anus 8.6-10.5% SL vs. 10.6-11.4) and from E. sicula by the absence (vs. present) of slight median depression on the lower lip margin. E. ascita differs further from E. cavatura in having the serrations on the anterior edge of the pectoral spine more sideways (vs. anteriorly) directed, a smaller eye (13.2-17.6% HL vs. 17.7-20.9) and nostrils (the length of the narial complex 53-75% of interorbital width vs. 77-90), and from E. sicula. In having a deeper caudal peduncle (5.4-6.2% SL vs. 4.1-5.1) (Ref. 55978).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in pebble and cobble riffles with moderate depth of about 20 cm (Ref. 55978).

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Ng, H.H. and D.R. Edds, 2005. Two new species of Erethistoides (Teleostei: Erethistidae) from Nepal. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 16(3):239-248. (Ref. 55978)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5010   [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. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .