Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Aspredinidae
(Banjo catfishes) > Aspredininae
Etymology: Bunocephalus: Greek, byneo = to fill up, to swell + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335); minerim: The specific name, minerim, refers to the typically regional manner of pronouncing the Portuguese
word 'mineirinho', diminutive of 'mineiro', which pertains to a person that comes from the State of Minas Gerais. The name is in reference to the region where it is found and also to its relative small size in comparison with other species of Bunocephalus. A noun in apposition..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: upper and middle rio São Francisco basins including the das Velhas, Formoso, Paraopeba and Paracatu rivers in Minas Gerais State, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 104710)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7 - 9;
Vertebrae: 34 - 37. Bunocephalus minerim is distinguished from all other species of Bunocephalus, except B. larai, by the absence of an epiphyseal bar between the paired frontals (vs. presence of the epiphyseal bar at least in adults). It differs from B. larai and other congeners, except B. chamaizelus, by having 9 principal caudal-fin rays (vs. 10) (Ref. 104710).
Facultative air-breathing in the genus
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Carvalho, T.P., A.R. Cardoso, J.P. Friel and R.E. Reis, 2015. Two new species of the banjo catfish Bunocephalus Kner (Siluriformes: Aspredinidae) from the upper and middle rio São Francisco basins, Brazil. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 13(3):499-512. (Ref. 104710)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00316 (0.00133 - 0.00752), b=3.02 (2.81 - 3.23), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).