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); mimosensis: The specific name is in reference to the name of the type locality, Mimoso do Sul, Espírito Santo, Brazil.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Upper rio Alto Pratinha drainage, tributary of rio Muqui do Sul, tributary of the Itabapoana river basin in Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94725)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9 - 10;
Vertebrae: 34 - 36. Distinguished from all congeners from southeastern and northeastern Brazil by having eight pectoral-fin rays. Differs from other species of the genus by having the following combination of characters: first pectoral-fin ray prolonged as a filament; pectoral-fin filament, about 20% of the pectoral-fin length; deeper metapterygoid, much deeper than wide; shorter maxillary barbel, reaching the middle of the opercular patch of odontodes; head width 71.2-79.4 % of head length; head depth 36.2-44.5 % of head length; caudal fin truncate; trapezoidal head; dorsal-fin base length 9.5-12.2 % SL; caudal peduncle depth 11.0-12.2 % SL; 36-42 interopercular odontodes; outer edge of the hypobranchial 1 about the same deep as the inner edge; and color pattern with transverse dark bars on dorsum (Ref. 94725).
Juveniles and adults were found swimming during the day, usually in water pools close to the bottom. They were collected in clearwater streams with fast flowing water and sandy substrate between rocks at depths of 5-20 m (Ref. 94725).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Barbosa, M.A., 2013. Description of two new species of the catfish genus Trichomycterus (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) from the coastal river basins, southeastern Brazil. Verteb. Zool. 63(3):269-275. (Ref. 94725)
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 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .