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Heptapterus qenqo  Aguilera, Mirande & Azpelicueta, 2011

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Heptapteridae (Three-barbeled catfishes)
Etymology: Heptapterus: Greek, epta = seven + Greek, pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335);  qenqo: Name derived from the Quechua language meaning serpentine or sinuous, in allusion to the swimming movements of this species; adjective, singular and masculine.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic-neritic.   Tropical

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South America: Argentina.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86258)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 6; Anal soft rays: 11 - 13; Vertebrae: 51 - 52. This species is distinguished by the following characters: a small serrae on the anterior proximal margin of first pectoral-fin ray; anal-fin rays iv-v, 11-13 (15-17 total); adipose-fin base relatively short (40.9-47.4% SL); small eyes (7.4-14.2% HL); adipose fin is confluent to caudal fin; maxillary barbel not reaching pectoral-fin base in adults and reaching or scarcely surpassing first pectoral-fin ray in small juveniles (Ref. 86258).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This species inhabits well-oxygenated rivers and streams, with gravel substratum and moderate to rapid flowing waters. Individuals usually shelter under large rocks. Apparently solitary and only a few specimens are usually captured per collecting site (Ref. 86258).

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Aguilera, G., J.M. Mirande and M.M. Azpelicueta, 2011. A new species of Heptapterus Bleeker 1858 (Siluriformes, Heptapteridae) from the Río Salí basin, north-western Argentina. J. Fish Biol. 78(1):240-250. (Ref. 86258)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00335 - 0.01640), b=3.01 (2.82 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .