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Phenacorhamdia taphorni DoNascimiento & Milani, 2008

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Heptapteridae (Three-barbeled catfishes)
Etymology: Phenacorhamdia: Greek, phenax, -akos = deceptive + Brazilian vernacular name, Nhamdia/Jamdia (Ref. 45335);  taphorni: Named for Donald Taphorn for his outstanding contributions to the ichthyological knowledge of the Venezuelan Llanos.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical

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South America: Venezuela.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 78618)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal soft rays: 10; Vertebrae: 39. This species is distinct from all its congeners by its possession of multicuspid jaw teeth and with the exception of P. nigrolineata, in having fewer vertebrae (39 vs. 40-55). Further, the following morphometric values are useful to distinguish this species from P. anisura and P. provenzanoi, respectively: greater body depth 12.5-14.2% of SL (vs. 10.3-11.7% and 5.9-11.8%); greater cleithral width 15.1-16.5% of SL (vs. 13.6-14.5% and 10.2-13%); shorter adipose-fin base 16.1-18.2% of SL (vs. 19-20.3% and 19.4-23.8%); greater prepelvic length 41.9-43.3% of SL (vs. 37.6-40.4% and 33.5-40.8%); greater caudal peduncle depth 7.9-9% of SL (vs. 5.7-6.9% and 4.3-5.1%); greater head length 22.5-25.9% of SL (vs. 20.1-22.2% and 15.1-19%); longer maxillary barbel 30.6-39.4% of SL (vs. 26.2-28.3% and 21-27.8%); longer snout 38.5-43% of HL (vs. 34.9-37.8% and 31.4-36.8%) (Ref. 78618).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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DoNascimiento, C. and N. Milani, 2008. The Venezuelan species of Phenacorhamdia (Siluriformes: Heptapteridae), with the description of two new species and a remarkable new tooth morphology for siluriforms. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 157(1):163-180. (Ref. 78618)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans






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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=0.00776 (0.00359 - 0.01679), b=2.98 (2.80 - 3.16), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±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) .