Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Ariidae
(Sea catfishes) > Ariinae
Etymology: Potamarius: Greek, potamos = river (Ref. 45335); usumacintae: The specific name refers to the Río Usumacinta basin, where this species occurs.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Central America: endemic to the Río Usumacinta basin in Guatemala and Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 59.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75770)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 19 - 23. Distinguished from other freshwater ariids occurring in Mesoamerica by the following combination of characters: presence of accessory tooth patches on palate; premaxillary tooth band length 2.4-2.9 in its width; ; snout length 1.4-1.8 in postorbital length; lateral gill rakers on first gill arch 17-20 (mode 19); mesial gill rakers on first two gill arches well developed; accessory palatal patches with numerous pointed-conical teeth; premaxillary maxillary barbel not extending behind gill membrane; and dorsomedian fleshy groove on head absent (Ref. 75770).
Occurs only in freshwater, preferring the main channel of medium to large rivers (Ref. 75770).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Betancur-R., R. and P.W. Willink, 2007. A new freshwater ariid (Otophysi: Siluriformes) from the Río Usumacinta Basin. Copeia 2007(4):818-828. (Ref. 75770)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Traumatogenic (Ref. 58010)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (60 of 100) .