Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Loricariinae
Etymology: parva: From the Latin 'parvus' , meaning small, in reference to the size of the species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Known only from type locality, a small forest creek in Atachi Bakka Mountains, French Guiana.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90209)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. Distinguished from all congeners by its small size with sexual dimorphism expressed around 25 mm SL (vs around 30 mm SL in congeneric species), by the distinct banded color pattern of the caudal fin (vs blotched or indistinct banded pattern in congeneric species), and by its specific barcode sequences (JF292274, JF292275, JF292276). This species does not exhibit unique morphometric tendencies distinguishing it from all other congeneric species. Differs from other congeners except Harttiella intermedia by a caudal peduncle: shorter compared to the species belonging to the longicauda group [mean = 40.36 ± 1.06% of SL vs 43.61 ± 1.79 < mean < 44 .26 ± 1.48% of SL; (HSD, p-values < 0.0002)], and longer compared to the other species of the crassicauda group [mean = 40.36 ± 1.06% of SL vs 36.14 ± 1.66 < mean < 38 .32 ± 1.54% of SL; (HSD, p-values < 0.0281)]. Can be diagnosed from Harttiella intermedia by a smaller body depth at dorsal-fin origin [mean = 10.34 ± 0.83% of SL vs 12.69 ± 0.54; (HSD, p-value = 0.0041)] (Ref. 90209).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Covain, R., S. Fisch-Muller, J.I. Montoya-Burgos, J.H. Mol, P.-Y. Le Bail and S. Day, 2012. The Harttiini (Siluriformes, Loricariidae) from the Guianas: a multi-table approach to assess their diversity, evolution, and distribution. Cybium 36(1):115-161. (Ref. 90209)
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=0.00339 (0.00152 - 0.00753), b=3.17 (2.98 - 3.36), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.2 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) .