Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Stevardiinae
Etymology: Knodus: Greek, knodon, -ontos = knife, sword (Ref. 45335); dorsomaculatus: Name from the words 'dorso' for dorsal and 'maculare' for spot, referring to the dark blotch on the dorsal fin rays.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Teles Pires River, Tapajós River basin, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85071)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 9. This species is distinguished from all its congeners by the having a dark blotch on the base of the first five branched dorsal fin rays, ii,9 dorsal fin rays. It differs from K. pasco in having 2 teeth on the maxillary (vs. 5-6), 5 scale rows between the lateral line and dorsal fin origin (vs. 7) and by the 2-2.5 scale-wide dark longitudinal band from gill cover to the tips of middle caudal fin rays. It is further distinguished from all other Knodus species in its absence of a distinct dorsal fin blotch (except Knodus chapadae, Knodus meridae, Knodus mizquae, Knodus moenkhausii, Knodus savannensis, Knodus tiquiensis and Knodus victoriae, and by the distance from the snout tip to dorsal fin origin 46.8-49.2% (vs. 49.1-60.0% in all other species). The new
species is distinguished from K. meridae, K. mizquae, K. savannensis, K. tiquiensis and K. victoriae by the dorsal fin base length (13·9–14·8% v., 7·7–13·5%). It differs further from K. chapadae and K. moenkhausii in having 7 cusps on the maxillary teeth (vs. 5) (Ref. 85071).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ferreira, K.M. and A.L. Netto-Ferreira, 2010. Knodus dorsomaculatus (Characiformes: Characidae), a new species from Teles Pires River, Tapajós River basin, Brazil. J. Fish Biol. 77(3):468-478. (Ref. 85071)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01175 (0.00536 - 0.02577), b=2.98 (2.79 - 3.17), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±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) .