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); ramosus: From the branched nasal and maxillary barbels.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Laguna Blanca basin in Argentina.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 45128)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 38 - 39. Body dark brown, covered with minute papillae. Some or all barbels distally branched one or more times, retaining a constant width along its length. Oval premaxilla shorter than maxilla. Teeth arranged in 2 rows. Pectoral fin rounded. Dorsal fin with 3-4 procurrent and 6-7 principal rays. Anal fin with 3 procurrent and 8-9 principal rays. Caudal fin truncate with 9-12 dorsal procurrent, 13 principal and 10-11 ventral procurrent rays (Ref. 45128).
Collected from a pre-andean stream of clear water, with shallow, sandy bottom, and with vegetation along margins, at an elevation of about 3,680 m above sea level. Specimens were hiding in the sand. Stomach contents include mainly chironomid larvae (Diptera) and amphipod remains and sand (Ref. 45128),
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fernandez, L.A., 2000. A new species of Trichomycterus from northwestern Argentina (Ostariophysi: Trichomycteridae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 11(4):349-354. (Ref. 45128)
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=0.00389 (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
): 3.2 ±0.46 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec < 100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .