Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Doradidae
Etymology: Rhinodoras: Greek, rhinos = nose + Greek, dora = skin (Ref. 45335); gallagheri: Named for Francis Richard Gallagher, mailroom supervisor at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, for his 37 years of dedicated service to the global community of taxonomists & systematists by shipping & receiving countless loans of specimens.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Río Apure, Río Capanaparo and Río Arauca of the middle Orinoco in Venezuela; and Río Aguas de Limón in Colombia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75166)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6. Differs from all other species of the genus Rhinodoras by the following combination of characters: pale, largely absence of dark pigmentation on ventral surfaces; anterior midlateral plates shallow to moderately deep, depth of fifth plate 16.6-26.2% of corresponding body depth; dorsal and ventral wings of anterior plates about equal in depth; midlateral plates anterior to vertical through pelvic-fin origin usually five; tympanal portion of lateral-line canal weakly ossified with two or three emergent plates, posterior-most largest with low medial ridge or procumbent thorn; postcleithral process moderately long and narrow, depth 23.9-34.5% of length; adipose eyelid moderate to large, horizontal diameter 10.9-14.6% of HL; pectoral fin rays usually eight; one-part gas bladder with terminal diverticula small and fused (Ref. 75166).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sabaj, M.H., D.C. Taphorn and O.E. Castillo G., 2008. Two new species of thicklip thornycats, genus Rhinodoras (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Doradidae). Copeia 2008(1):209-226. (Ref. 75166)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
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
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00813 (0.00362 - 0.01823), b=3.06 (2.86 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .