Olyra astrifera  Arunachalam, Raja, Mayden & Chandran, 2013

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Olyridae (Longtail catfishes)
Etymology: Olyra: Greek, olyra = a kind of grain (Ref. 45335);  astrifera: The specific name refers to the distribution of star- shaped dots all over the body. A feminine noun in adjective.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical

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Asia: Manimalai River in Kerala, India.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93959)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal soft rays: 15. This species is diagnosed from its congeners, except Olyra horae, by having following characters: adipose fin confluent with caudal base; pectoral fins with weak serrations and strong dentitions internally consisitng of 10-12; anal fin with 15 rays; length of the adipose fin base 31.2-33.2% SL; distance of dorsal fin origin to origin of adipose fin 21.6-22.5% SL; and 17-23 pores of the lateral line canal. It differs from O. horae by having 15 anal fin rays (vs. 21) upper lobe of caudal fin extending posteriorly by a length that is more than half the length of the lower lobe (vs. slightly longer than lower). The following combination of characters separate this species from other congeners: pre-dorsal length 41.9-42.3 % SL; pre-anal length 61.8-66.2 % SL; anal fin base length 23.6-25 % SL; length of the lower lobe of the caudal fin 21.4-21.6 % SL; caudal peduncle length 10-10.6 % SL; caudal peduncle depth 11.1-11.4 % SL; head length 23-23.6 % SL; nasal barbel length 42-42.2% HL; head width at eye 50.5-51.3% HL; eye diameter 12.2-12.9% HL; dorsal fin rays i 6; pectoral fin rays i 6; caudal fin rays 27 rays; pelvic fin length 15-15.1 % SL; pectoral fin length 11.3-12.1% SL; body depth 9.1-9.9% SL; and snout length 32.1-33% SL (Ref. 93959).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits river with relatively clear water, substratum composed mostly of sand and small boulders, width of 62 m, depth from 0.5-4.5 m and 80-90 % riparian cover mostly overhanging vegetation. Encountered in exposed bamboo roots along the edges of the bank with leaf litter and small grasses (Ref. 93959).

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Arunachalam, M., M. Raja, R.L. Maydem and A. Chandran, 2013. Olyra astrifera a new species of Olyrid catfish from the Western Ghats, Southern India (Teleostei: Bagridae: Olyrininae) and the designation of neotype, Olyra Longicaudata McClelland, 1842 from the North Eastern India. Intl. J. Zool. Res. 3(2):51-60. (Ref. 93959)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5156   [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):  3.1   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .