Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Pimelodidae
Etymology: Pimelodus: Greek, pimele = fat + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335); joannis: Named for John Lundberg, in recognition of his many contributions to catfishes systematics.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Rio Tocantins drainage, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79502)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 40. Diagnosed from all other species of the genus Pimelodus, except Pimelodus halisodous, Pimelodus jivaro, Pimelodus ornatus, Pimelodus pictus, and Pimelodus stewarti, by its supraoccipital process with a dorsal median crest; posterior nostril closer to anterior orbital border (vs. posterior nostril closer to anterior nostril than to anterior orbital border); distal portion of dorsal-fin rays 2-4 with a dark spot; caudal- fin base with two dark blotches. Distinguished from Pimelodus jivaro by having a shorter maxillary barbel, extending only slightly past caudal-fin base (vs. maxillary barbel extending beyond caudal-fin base); distal portion of dorsal-fin rays 2-4 with a dark spot, and caudal-fin base with two dark blotches. Differs from Pimelodus ornatus and Pimelodus pictus by the uniform grayish to yellowish coloration (vs. presence of bands or dark dots along flanks, respectively); from Pimelodus stewarti by its shorter posterior cleithral process (10.2-12.4 vs. 12.7-15.6 % of SL); caudal-fin base two dark blotches; and supraoccipital process with dorsal median crest; from Pimelodus halisodous by its shorter pectoral-spine (15.5-18.5 vs. 20.0-23.5% of SL); shorter snout (35.8-41.8 vs. 43.1-47.9% of HL); and fewer premaxillary tooth rows (5-9 vs. 13-16) (Ref. 79502).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ribeiro, F.R.V., C.A.S. Lucena and P.H.F. Lucinda, 2008. Three new Pimelodus species (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae) from the rio Tocantins drainage, Brazil. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 6(3):455-464. (Ref. 79502)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00537 (0.00261 - 0.01106), b=3.11 (2.94 - 3.28), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.5 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 (10 of 100) .