Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Auchenipteridae
(Driftwood catfishes) > Centromochlinae
Etymology: Centromochlus: Greek, kentron = sting + Greek, mochlos, -ou = lever, crowbar (Ref. 45335); britskii: Named for Dr. Heraldo Antonio Britski, who collected the type material, for his significant contributions and pioneer studies on the systematics of the catfish family Auchenipteridae.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: Rio Paraná basin, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 103263)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10;
Vertebrae: 32 - 33. Centromochlus britskii can be diagnosed from all members of Centromochlinae, except Gelanoglanis nanonocticolus, by the absence (vs. presence) of adipose fin. It differs from G. nanonocticolus by having two pairs (vs. one pair) of mental barbels, premaxillary tooth patches anteriorly united (vs. separated) and mouth gape straight and short (vs. large and sinuous). It is distinguished from congeners Centromochlus altae, C. existimatus, C. heckelii, C. perugiae, C. reticulatus, C. romani and C. meridionalis by having seven branched anal-fin rays (vs. 5 or 6). It further differs from C. altae, C. existimatus, C. heckelii and C. perugiae by lacking anterior nuchal plate (vs. present); from C. meridionalis and C. romani by having anterior margin of dorsal-fin spine with serrae (vs. dorsal-fin spine smooth); from C. existimatus and C. heckelii by having shorter pectoral-fin spine 20.7-22.7% of SL (vs. 29.3-41.6% of SL). Among species group that share the absence of anterior nuchal plate and seven branched anal-fin rays (i.e, C. punctatus, C. schultzi, C. macracanthus, C. bockmanni, C. simplex), the new species Centromochlus britskii differs from both C. schultzi and C. macracanthus by having smooth (vs. with denticules) posterior border of dorsalfin spine; and from C. punctatus by the morphology of male modified anal fin, specifically, the last branched anal-fin ray progressively shorter than anterior most (vs. last ray abruptly reduced, size half that of preceding one and visible only through dissection) (Ref. 103263).
Found in areas with rocks and rapids near cofferdams in the main channel of the upper rio
Paraná. Stomach contents include insect larvae, including Chironomidae, and other invertebrate fragments. Attains sexual maturity at about 3.3 cm SL (Ref. 103263).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sarmento-Soares, L.M. and J.L.O. Birindelli, 2015. A new species of the catfish genus Centromochlus (Siluriformes: Auchenipeteridae: Centromochlinae) from the upper rio Paraná basin, Brazil. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 13(1):77-86. (Ref. 103263)
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=0.00468 (0.00181 - 0.01207), b=3.12 (2.90 - 3.34), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .