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Erethistoides cavatura  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);  cavatura: From the Latin noun cavatura, meaning cavity, in reference to the large eye and nostrils of this species.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 8.0 - 8.0.   Tropical; 18°C - 26°C (Ref. 55978)

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Asia: Nepal.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55978)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 5; Vertebrae: 29 - 30. Distinguished from congeners in having larger nostrils (the length of the narial complex 77-90% of interorbital width vs. 42-75). 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 (8.6-10.5% SL vs. 10.6-11.4) and E. sicula by the absence (vs. presence) of a slight median depression on the lower lip margin. E. cavatura can be further distinguished from E. ascita in having a larger eye (17.7-20.9% HL vs. 13.2-17.6), the presence of rounded (vs. elongate and flattened plaque-like) tubercles on the head and body, and the serrations on the anterior edge of the pectoral spine more anteriorly (vs. sideways) directed and diverging at the middle (vs. distal quarter, 6-11 proximalmost serrations proximally directed vs. 12-17 (Ref. 55978).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in shallow (approximately 10-20 cm) gravel and pebble riffles of streams and rivers with predominantly sandy bottoms, in moderate to fast current (Ref. 55978). Found in clear to turbid waters (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. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

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) .