Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Trichomycteridae
(Pencil or parasitic catfishes) > Trichomycterinae
Etymology: Eremophilus: Greek, eremos = alone + Greek, philein = to like (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 22°C - 28°C (Ref. 12468); 5°N - 4°N
South America: Bogotá River basin. Probably introduced into Ubaté, Chinquinquirá and Tundama valleys, Colombia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 39970)
Facultative air-breathing (Ref. 126274); An excellent food fish which was introduced to the Ubate, Chiquinquirá and Tundama valleys. The only species of food fish which have been able to survive competition from introduced trout and carp species into the region.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
de Pínna, M.C.C. and W. Wosiacki, 2003. Trichomycteridae (pencil or parasitic catfishes). p. 270-290. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 39970)
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
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00283 - 0.01543), b=2.98 (2.78 - 3.18), 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
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).