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: Astyanax: The name of Astyanax, Hector´s son in the Greek mithology (Ref. 45335); bacalarensis: Named for its type locality, Lake Bacalar in Quintana Roo, Mexico. An adjective.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Central America: Quintana Roo, Caribbean versant of Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, south to the Sittie River, Toledo district in Belize, west to Mopán in Guatemala.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 118583)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 21 - 27;
Vertebrae: 32 - 33. Astyanax bacalarensis is distinguished from its congeners in the Yucatan by the following characters: anal fin origin never overlapping last dorsal-fin ray (always overlapping in A. altior); head length 28% SL or less (27% or more in A. altior); predorsal length, mean 50.4% SL (mean 53% or more in A. altior and A. angustifrons); mean distance between origins of pelvic and anal fins, 20.5% SL (vs. mean 19.3% or less); humeral spot rectangular-triangular to oval (P-shaped to indistinct in A. belizianus and A. brevimanus) (Ref. 118583).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Schmitter-Soto, J.J., 2017. A revision of Astyanax (Characiformes: Characidae) in Central and North America, with the description of nine new species. J. Nat. Hist. 51(23/24):1-94. (Ref. 118583)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01318 (0.00609 - 0.02852), b=3.05 (2.87 - 3.23), 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
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .