Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Auchenipteridae
(Driftwood catfishes) > Auchenipterinae
Etymology: Ageneiosus: Greek, a = without + greek, geneias, -ados = bear, chin (Ref. 45335). More on author: Castelnau.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins; Guianas and upper Paraná River basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 111115); max. published weight: 276.00 g (Ref. 111115)
Occurs in the quiet zones of swamps or the lower parts of stream. Carnivorous. Swims close to the bottom, feeding mainly on fish (Ref. 35381).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2003. Auchenipteridae (Driftwood catfishes). p. 470-482. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 37098)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00631 (0.00393 - 0.01013), b=2.97 (2.83 - 3.11), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.58 se; based on food items.
Generation time: 4.2 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 2 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm=1-2, Fec>1,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .