Loraxichthys lexa  Salcedo, 2013

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Loricariidae (Armored catfishes) > Ancistrinae
Etymology: Loraxichthys: Derived from Lorax, name of a fictitious character, created by Theodor Seuss Geisel, that plights for the environment and from the Greek ichthys, meaning fish. Loraxichthys refers to the fish that speaks for other fishes.;  lexa: Named for Alexandra Keane, a sustainability activist, currently a Political Sciences student at the College of Charleston. A noun in apposition.

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

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical

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South America: Río Huallaga in Departament of Huánuco, Peru.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93320)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal soft rays: 1 - 3; Vertebrae: 28. Distinguished from all congeners by two uniquely derived characteristics: crenulated skin folds on dorsal border along first pelvic-fin ray in mature males; and, posterior longest evertible cheek odontodes robust with hooked tips, less than twice the length of the odontodes immediately anterior to them. Can be further diagnosed by the following combination of characters unique within the Loricariidae: naked snout with no tentacles; absence of nuchal plate; absence of first dorsal-fin spinelet; absence of adipose fin; three median unpaired plates in position of adipose fin; dentary wide with anguloarticular slightly projected dorsolaterally; lateral anterior process of the basipterygia narrow, almost in contact with the medial anterior process of the basipterygia at midline (Ref. 93320).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Encountered in pools and fast water channels (Ref. 93320).

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Salcedo, N.J., 2013. Description of Loraxichthys lexa, new genus and species (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Río Huallaga Basin, central Peru, with notes on the morphology of the enigmatic Lipopterichthys carrioni Norman, 1935. Zootaxa 3640(4):557-571. (Ref. 93320)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00355 - 0.01547), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .