Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Trichomycteridae
(Pencil or parasitic catfishes) > Trichomycterinae
Etymology: Trichomycterus: Greek, thrix = hair + Greek, mykter, -eros = nose (Ref. 45335); sketi: Named in honor of Boris Sket.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 7°N - 6°N, 73°W - 74°W
South America: Columbia. Departamento de Santander, Municipio La Paz, vereda Casas Blancas, Cueva del Indio (73º05’18”W, 6º50’21”N, elevation 2157 m), upper Opón river basin, Magdalena river system (Ref. 87778).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87778)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished from both epigean and cave restricted species of the genus by having the posterior fontanel divided into two widely separated opening; anterior opening with triangular shape pointed posteriorly; and, posterior opening with triangular or sub-conical to circular shape, the former pointed anteriorly. The following set of characters useful for identification and shared with other species of Trichomycterus include: relatively deep head (45.6-54.1% of HL); narrow mouth (39.3-45.3% of HL); longer nasal, maxillary and rictal barbels (71.4-95.3%, 89.3-112.8% and 50.8-64.1% of HL, respectively), tip of maxillary barbel surpassing pectoral-fin origin; opercular odontodes 10-14; posteriormost branchiostegal rays considerably longer than anterior ones; tip of first pectoral ray prolonged as medium length filament (44.9-55.6% of pectoral-fin length); pelvic-fin origin anterior to vertical through dorsal-fin origin, pelvic fin covering urogenital papilla but not reaching origin of anal fin; obliquely rounded caudal fin, its upper portion slightly longer than lower portion; body color pattern plain dark-gray without spots (Ref. 87778).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Castellanos-Morales, C.A., 2010. Trichomycterus sketi: a new species of subterranean catfish (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) from the Andean Cordillera of Colombia. Biota Colombiana 11(1-2):33-41. (Ref. 87778)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00490 (0.00196 - 0.01224), b=3.08 (2.86 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .