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Astyanax cocibolca Bussing, 2008

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes (Characins) > Characidae (Characins) > Incertae sedis
Etymology: Astyanax: The name of Astyanax, Hector´s son in the Greek mithology (Ref. 45335);  cocibolca: Named for Lake Cocibolca, the indigenous name for Lake Nicaragua; noun in apposition.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic; depth range ? - 2 m (Ref. 83537).   Tropical

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Central America: endemic to Lake Nicaragua.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83537)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

The semipelagial Astyanax cocibolca can be readily separated from the A. aeneus that inhabits some of the same habitats in Lake Nicaragua by its slender body 29.1-36.4% SL (vs. 33.9-39.3% SL); with slightly upturned mouth; high total gill raker count 23-34, mean 28.9 (vs. 22-26, mean 24.1); reduced size of dentary teeth; fewer scale rows above lateral line 6-8, mean 7.2 (vs. 8-9, mean 8.3); more intense black midlateral band; smaller size, maximum 54.3 (vs. greater than 80 mm SL); conical teeth in outer row of premaxillary bone (vs. only tricuspid outer row teeth) (Ref. 83537).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This filter-feeding specialist utilizes the open-water habitat, at least as a nursery where young can feed on the rich plankton population. Two small adults from the open water habitat contained 90% copepoda and cladocera while inshore specimens contained 90% fruit, 5% cladocera, 5% seed, algae. The adult female from open water contained ripe eggs, although 10 adult females from inshore sites contained only undeveloped eggs (Ref. 83537).

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Bussing, W.A., 2008. Astyanax cocibolca, a new characid (Pisces: Ostariophysi) from Lake Nicaragua, Central America. Revista de Biologia Tropical 56 (3):1361-1370. (Ref. 83537)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01778 (0.00772 - 0.04098), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.9   ±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) .