Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Cetopsidae
(Whale catfishes) > Cetopsinae
Etymology: Denticetopsis: Latin, dens, dentis = teeth + Greek, ketos = marine monster, whale + Greek, opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335); praecox: Specific name derived from the Latin precocious, in reference to the small size of this species at sexual maturity.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 4.3 - 5.0. Tropical
South America: upper Negro River basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 39603)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 25 - 30;
Vertebrae: 39 - 40. Readily distinguished from other members of the genus by its color pattern consisting of a dark brown dorsum, speckled to dark sides, light venter, pale fins and a large dark spot on the basal half of the dorsal fin. Among the smallest species in the family, maturing between 30-40 mm SL.
Known from cobble-pebble bottom river habitats.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Vari, R.P., C.J. Ferraris Jr. and M.C.C. de Pinna, 2005. The neotropical whale catfishes (Siluriformes: Cetopsidae: Cetopsinae), a revisionary study. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 3(2):127-238. (Ref. 56045)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [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
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .