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); potschi: Named for the herpetologist Sérgio Potsch, who first collected the new species.. More on author: Costa.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: coastal basins between Mangaratiba and Itaguaí in Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52913)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9 - 10;
Vertebrae: 37 - 39. Posterior tip of posterior ceratohyal slender, its depth 2.3-6.5% of longitudinal length of the hyoid bar; ventroposterior process of posterior ceratohyal absent or vestigial (1.7%, or less when present, of longitudinal length of the hyoid bar); opercular patch of odontodes slender, its depth 44.0-73.7% of base length of opercular dorsal projection; first pectoral-fin ray 28.8-37.0% of pectoral-fin length); 7 pectoral fin rays; 8 branchiostegal rays; 14-15 pleural ribs; infraorbital sensory pores i1 and i3 present; supraorbital sensory pores s6 nearer to each other than to eye; dorsal-fin origin in vertical through centrum of 20th or 21st vertebra; anal-fin origin in vertical through centrum of 23rd or 24th vertebra; pelvic fins anteriorly placed; prepelvic length 53.9-57.8% SL; orbital diameter 6.7-7.5% of head length; head length 20.0-21.8% SL; interorbital width 28.1-30.8% of head length; caudal peduncle depth 13.8-15.3% SL; body width 9.7-12.3% SL; body depth 15.1-16.4% SL; dorsal-fin base 10.6-11.4% SL; anal-fin base 8.6-10.2% SL; and pectoral-fin length 9.9-12.5% SL (Ref. 52913).
Inhabits clear water, shallow stream (about 0.6 m deep), with sandy bottom (Ref. 52913). Some specimens were encountered entirely buried in the bottom (Ref. 52913).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Barbosa, M.A. and W.J.E.M. Costa, 2003. Trichomycterus potschi (Siluriformes: Loricarioidei): a new trichomycterid catfish from coastal streams of southeastern Brazil. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 14(3):281-287. (Ref. 52913)
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
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec < 100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .