Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Stevardiinae
Etymology: Rhinopetitia: Greek, rhinos = nose + French, petit = small (Ref. 45335); potamorhachia: From the Greek potamo, meaning river, rhachia, meaning beach, in reference to the fact that most specimens of R. potamorhachia were collected on sandy beaches along the Rio Teles Pires. An adjective.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Rio Teles Pires, Rio Tapajós basin in Pará, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 111429); 4.5 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 18 - 20. Rhinopetitia potamorhachia differs from its only congener, R. myersi Géry 1964, by the presence of distinct dark midlateral body stripe (vs. absence) overlaying an inconspicuous, round humeral blotch (vs. absence of humeral blotch); teeth in both premaxillary tooth rows with
seven to nine cusps and seven or eight cusps on the maxillary teeth (vs. outer series of premaxillary teeth with three cusps and inner series of premaxillary teeth with three to five cusps; maxillary teeth with three to five cusps) (Ref. 111429).
Found along sandy beaches of the Rio Teles Pires in an area significantly affected by the construction of the Teles Pires hydroelectric dam (Ref. 111429).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Netto-Ferreira, A.L., J.L.O. Birindelli, L.M. Sousa and N.A. Menezes, 2014. A new species of Rhinopetitia Géry 1964 (Ostariophysi: Characiformes: Characidae) from the Rio Teles Pires, Rio Tapajós basin, Brazil. J. Fish Biol. 84:1539-1550. (Ref. 111429)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00515 - 0.02809), b=2.98 (2.78 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .