Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Trichomycteridae
(Pencil or parasitic catfishes) > Trichomycterinae
Etymology: Trichomycterus: Greek, thrix = hair + Greek, mykter, -eros = nose (Ref. 45335); caudofasciatus: Derived from the Latin cauda (tail) and fasciatus (with bars), referring to the caudal-fin color pattern.. More on author: Costa.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: southeastern Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 53352)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9;
Vertebrae: 35 - 37. Distinguishable from all other species of the genus by the combination of the following characters: 7-8 pectoral-fin rays, long filamentous first pectoral-fin ray (about 50-70% pectoral-fin length), 10-20 opercular odontodes, 30-52 interopercular odontodes, opercular patch of odontodes wide, and 6-7 branchiostegal rays. Can be easily distinguished from T. alternatus, T. longibarbatus and T. pantherinus by possessing a single median last supraorbital pore (vs. paired pore). Distinguished from all other species of the genus from the Brazilian Shield River basins by having a unique color pattern of four gray bars on the caudal fin (Ref. 53352).
Inhabits both turbid and clear water with shallow water (40-100 cm deep). Sometimes found swimming in daylight, but mostly collected under marginal vegetation or under vegetal debris on the bottom (Ref. 53352).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Alencar, A.R. and W.J.E.M. Costa, 2004. Description of two new species of the catfish genus Trichomycterus from southeastern Brazil (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae). Zootaxa 744:1-8. (Ref. 53352)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00794 (0.00301 - 0.02096), b=2.98 (2.75 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec < 100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .