Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Delturinae
Etymology: Hemipsilichthys: Greek, hemi = half + Greek, psilos = hairless + Greek, ichtys = fish (Ref. 45335); nimius: From the Latin nimius meaning nimiety, in allusion to the supernumerary rays of the dorsal fin, which has nine branched rays (Ref. 50588). More on authors: Pereira, Reis, Souza & Lazzarotto.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. High altitude
South America: Perequê-Açu and Taquari river basins, southeastern Brazil. Collected in localities between 100 and 370 m above sea level.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 50588)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6. Eight (rarely 7 or 9) branched rays in the dorsal fin; dorsal-fin membrane expanded posteriorly, connecting proximal half of the last dorsal-fin ray to the dorsum; teeth cusps equal in size (Ref. 50588).
Type specimens were collected in small coastal streams flowing through well-preserved Atlantic forest; in localities between 100 and 370 m a.s.l., always in rocky substrate with fast flowing, clear water, under direct sunlight, and depths between 10 and 50 cm. Underwater observations indicate that this species is most active during the night, grazing on the bottom (Ref. 57859).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Pereira, E.H.L., R.E. Reis, P.F.M. Souza and H. Lazzarotto, 2003. A new species of the loricariid catfish genus Hemipsilichthys from southern Rio de Janeiro coastal rivers, southeastern Brazil. Zootaxa 285:1-10. (Ref. 50588)
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
= 0.6250 [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
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .