Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Lithogeninae
Etymology: Lithogenes: Greek, lithos = stone + Greek, gene = birth, race (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Venezuela.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83588)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. The species is distinguished by the following characters: presence of 5 branched anal-fin rays (vs. 7); premaxilla broad elongate (vs. narrow, short), 25-29 premaxillary teeth (vs. 9-10); tooth cusps symmetrically bifid, spatulate and tips not diverged from one another along midline (vs. cusps asymmetrically bifid, or symmetrically bifid with tips diverging from one another along midline); further distinguished from L. wahari
by having odontodes along entire length of the ventral surface of the first pelvic-fin ray (vs. no odontodes from proximal portion of ventral surface); accessory premaxillary teeth present (vs. absent); anal fin dusky (vs. intense pigment band along fin base and diffuse spot at midlength of fin rays); adipose fin with an ossified spine along its anterior edge; further distinguished from L. villosus by having a 9 branched pectoral-fin rays (vs. 8); first lateral cheek plate laminar, broad (vs. thin, narrow rod); trunk plates of dorsal and ventral series small, not contacting those of midline series posteriorly (vs. large plates, contacting plates of midline series at least posteriorly); snout region uniformly pigmented or mottled (vs. presence of a dark pigment band lateral to nares) (Ref. 83588).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Schaefer, S.A. and F. Provenzano, 2008. The Lithogeninae (Siluriformes, Loricariidae): anatomy, interrelationships, and description of a new species. Am. Mus. Novit. 3637:1-49. (Ref. 83588)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [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
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .