Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Ancistrinae
Etymology: Loraxichthys: Derived from Lorax, name of a fictitious character, created by Theodor Seuss Geisel, that plights for the environment and from the Greek ichthys, meaning fish. Loraxichthys refers to the fish that speaks for other fishes.; lexa: Named for Alexandra Keane, a sustainability activist, currently a Political Sciences student at the College of Charleston. A noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Río Huallaga in Departament of Huánuco, Peru.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93320)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 1 - 3;
Vertebrae: 28. Distinguished from all congeners by two uniquely derived characteristics: crenulated skin folds on dorsal border along first pelvic-fin ray in mature males; and, posterior longest
evertible cheek odontodes robust with hooked tips, less than twice the length of the odontodes immediately anterior to them. Can be further diagnosed by the following combination of characters unique within the Loricariidae: naked snout with no tentacles; absence of nuchal plate; absence of first dorsal-fin spinelet; absence of adipose fin; three median unpaired plates in position of adipose fin; dentary wide with anguloarticular slightly
projected dorsolaterally; lateral anterior process of the basipterygia narrow, almost in contact with the medial anterior process of the basipterygia at midline (Ref. 93320).
Encountered in pools and fast water channels (Ref. 93320).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Salcedo, N.J., 2013. Description of Loraxichthys lexa, new genus and species (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Río Huallaga Basin, central Peru, with notes on the morphology of the enigmatic Lipopterichthys carrioni Norman, 1935. Zootaxa 3640(4):557-571. (Ref. 93320)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00369 - 0.01635), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .