Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Ancistrinae
Etymology: Pseudacanthicus: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, akantha = thorn (Ref. 45335); pitanga: Epithet pitanga derived from Tupi-Guarani, meaning red, in allusion to the color of fins; an adjective.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
South America, Brazil
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 102632)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5;
Vertebrae: 29. Pseudacanthicus pitanga is distinguished from its congener (except P. leopardus) by its color pattern with intense orange to red fins (vs. dark background color with white spots in P. serratus and P. fordii or gray background color with black blotches in P. histrix and P. spinosus);distinguished from P. leopardus by the presence of dark blotches anostomosing to form continuous zigzag bands alongside longitudinal keels; absence of blotches on ventral surface of body; faint blotches on head and all fins with orange to red color on unbranched ray and sometimes on subsequent branched rays (dark blotches conspicuous, never anostomosed; large dark blotches on ventral surface; conspicuous dark blotches on head; and red color restricted to dorsal and caudalfin rays); Pseudacanthicus pitanga can be further diagnosed from congeners by the following combination of osteological characters: contact of sphenotic with 6th infraorbital absent, lateral surface of metapterigoid channel triangular (vs. rounded in remaining species), posterior area of contact between cleithrum and coracoid ventrally expanded (vs. straight in remaining species) (Ref. 102632).
Caught for aquairum use (captured and bred) and exported to several countries, especially to Europe and the USA (Ref. 102632).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chamon, C.C., 2015. Pseudacanthicus pitanga: a new species of Ancistrini (Siluriformes: Loricariidae: Hypostominae) from rio Tocantins Basin, North Brazil. Zootaxa 3973(2):309-320. (Ref. 102632)
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
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00369 - 0.01635), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .