Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Loricariinae
Etymology: pilosa: Name from Latin pilosus meaning hairy, in reference to the unusual aspect of male head.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.5 - ?. Tropical; 24°C - ? (Ref. 90209)
South America: Known only from the type locality, Critique Grillon, a tributary of Orapu River in Tortue Mountains, French Guiana.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90209)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. Can be distinguished from all congeners by its hispid appearance (vs. smooth to velvety in congeneric species) and its specific barcode sequences (JF292271, JF292272, JF292273). Differs from species belonging to the crassicauda group by a shorter head [mean = 23.74 ± 1.35% of SL vs 25.54 ± 1.41 < mean < 26.18 ± 1.34% of SL; (HSD, p-values < 0.0033)], and from other species of the longicauda group by a deeper body at dorsal-fin origin [mean = 11.92 ± 0.97% of SL vs 9.86 ± 0.79 < mean < 10.66 ± 0.87% of SL; (HSD, p-values < 0.0069)] (Ref. 90209).
This species was encountered immediately upstream of a 30 m high waterfall and was collected downstream of the waterfall. The area of the river where this species was found was 10 m wide with shallow clear water and a bottom substrate consisting of gravel, pebbles, boulders, bed rock and sand mainly constituted of iron hydroxide (Ref. 90209).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Covain, R., S. Fisch-Muller, J.I. Montoya-Burgos, J.H. Mol, P.-Y. Le Bail and S. Day, 2012. The Harttiini (Siluriformes, Loricariidae) from the Guianas: a multi-table approach to assess their diversity, evolution, and distribution. Cybium 36(1):115-161. (Ref. 90209)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00347 (0.00153 - 0.00788), b=3.16 (2.98 - 3.34), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.2 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) .