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Trichomycterus argos  Lezama, Triques & Santos, 2012

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Trichomycteridae (Pencil or parasitic catfishes) > Trichomycterinae
Etymology: Trichomycterus: Greek, thrix = hair + Greek, mykter, -eros = nose (Ref. 45335);  argos: The specific name argos (Greek.), meaning a hundred-eyed monster, refers to the eye-spotted color pattern of the new species, not forming vermiculations.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; depth range 0 - ? m (Ref. 90333).   Tropical; 14°C - 19°C (Ref. 90333)

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South America: Rio Doce basin in Brazil.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90333)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal soft rays: 6 - 7. Distinguished by the following characters: pectoral fins with six branched rays; pectoral-fin ray prolonged as a filament; presence of pelvic fins; tip of nasal barbels extending to posterior border of opercular plate of odontodes; presence of a large foramen for ramus lateralis accessorius facialis, visible in dorsal view, in the parietosupraoccipital bone; transverse and straight border between the parietosupraoccipital and frontal bones; body covered with spots that seldom attain eye diameter; pelvic-fin origin placed one or two ocular diameters anterior to dorsal-fin origin; absence of spots fused as elongated marks on dorsum or flank (Ref. 90333).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in streams with depth and temperature varying from 13 to 44 cm and from 14 to 19°C. Preys on tadpoles of Scinax gr. catharinae under laboratory conditions (Ref. 90333).

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Lezama, A.Q., M.L. Triques and P.S. Santos, 2012. Trichomycterus argos (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae), a new species from the Doce River Basin, Eastern Brazil. Zootaxa 3352:60-68. (Ref. 90333)

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 = 0.5000   [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), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .