Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Crenuchidae
(South American darters) > Characidiinae
Etymology: Characidium: Diminutive of Charax, -akos = a fish without identification (Ref. 45335); orientale: From the Latin orientalis, meaning of the East, in reference to the distribution of the species which is located eastward from C. occidentale.. More on author: Reis.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Subtropical, preferred ?
South America: coastal basins of southern Brazil at western tributaries of Laguna dos Patos basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37059)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 9. Dark spots on dorsal fin do not form a continuous band across rays; anal fin of males with small spots, without larger blotches on the anterior portion. Fourth or fifth ray of pectoral fin longest, not reaching or just reaching to pelvic-fin origin. Third fin ray of pelvic fin longest, reaching area between anal opening and anal fin origin or reaching anal fin origin (Ref. 27672).
Most specimens examined were collected in small rivers or creeks with slow to moderate water current and mud, sand, and loose stones on the bottom (Ref. 27672).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Buckup, P.A. and R.E. Reis, 1997. Characidiin genus Characidium (Teleostei, Characiformes) in Southern Brazil, with description of three new species. Copeia 1997(3):531-548. (Ref. 27672)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
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=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .