Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes
(Silversides) > Atherinidae
(Silversides) > Bleheratherininae
Etymology: pierucciae: The names refer to the discoverers of the fish, Heiko Bleher and Paola Pierucci, both having collected in the most inaccessible parts of the world frequently under the most difficult conditions. The suffix "ae" in pierucciae pertains to the gender .
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic; depth range ? - 1 m (Ref. 86942). Temperate; 28°C - ?, preferred ?; 26°S - 27°S, 166°E - 167°E
Oceania: New Caledonia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 80665)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 40 - 41. A very slender fish with large mouth, distal end of premaxilla reaching vertical through anterior edge of orbit; not attributable to any other atherinid genus or species on basis of its osteology (Ref. 80665).
Dorsal fins V-VII Ii10-12; anal fin Ii12-14; pectoral fin Ii12-13; pelvic always I5; caudal fin 9+8 (dorsal and ventral) principal rays.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Aarn and W. Ivantsoff, 2009. Description of a new subfamily, genus and species of a freshwater atherinid, Bleheratherina pierucciae (Pisces: Atherinidae) from New Caledonia. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 15(1):13-28. (Ref. 80665)
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
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .