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) > Glanapteryginae
Etymology: Pygidianops: Greek, pyge = rump + Gree, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335); cuao: Named for its type locality, Rio Cuao.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Rio Cuao drainage basin in Venezuela.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56682)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4 - 5;
Vertebrae: 41. Diagnosed from its congeners by having diminutive eyes, posterior naris absent, presence of a triangular skin flap at mouth corner, dorsal and ventral fin fold deep and extending forward on the head to a vertical through tip of pectoral fin. Differs from Pygidianops magoi by
the presence of six laterosensory pores on head, presence of pectoral and anal fins, presence of 12-13 caudal fin rays associated with the caudal plate (Ref. 56682).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Schaefer, S.A., F. Provenzano, M. de Pinna and J.N. Baskin, 2005. New and noteworthy Venezuelan glanapterygine catfishes (Siluriformes, Trichomycteridae), with discussion of their biogeography and psammophily. Am. Mus. Novit. (3496):1-27. (Ref. 56682)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
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
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±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) .