Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Incertae sedis
Etymology: forestii: Named for Fausto Foresti for his contributions to our knowledge of fish genetics.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Rio Paraguay drainage, rio Baía (upper rio Paraná system), and rio Paraná in Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81199)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 21 - 27. Can be easily diagnosed from all other species of the genus , except
Moenkhausia oligolepis, Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae, Moenkhausia pyrophthalma, and Moenkhausia diktyota, by having a reticulated body pigmentation pattern and a conspicuous dark blotch on the caudal peduncle extending to the base of caudal-fin rays preceded by a lighter area. Differs from Moenkhausia oligolepis by the having incomplete pored lateral line (vs. complete) and 23-26 lateral line scales (vs. 28-31); from Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae by having 5 transverse series of scales above the lateral line (vs. 4 ) and 4 transverse series of scales below the lateral line (vs. 3); from Moenkhausia pyrophthalma by having body depth 38.3-45.2% in SL (vs. 31.2-33.0%), lateral line scales 23-26 (vs. 27-31), and an inconspicuous dark inverse triangular humeral blotch located on second and third lateral line scales (vs. a conspicuous black
inverse drop-shaped humeral blotch located on second to fourth lateral line scales); from Moenkhausia diktyota by its caudal peduncle with very widely scattered dark pigment resulting in conspicuous lighter area preceding a conspicuous caudal-fin blotch which extends between the dorsal to ventral margins of the proximal one-third of caudal-fin base (vs. caudal peduncle with elongate black stripe extending from the vertical through the last anal-fin ray to the tips of middle caudal fin rays) (Ref. 81199).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Benine, R.C., T.C. Mariguela and C. Oliveira, 2009. New species of Moenkhausia Eigenmann, 1903 (Characiformes: Characidae) with comments on the Moenkhausia oligolepis species complex. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 7(2):161-168. (Ref. 81199)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01445 (0.00650 - 0.03213), b=3.05 (2.86 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.5 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) .