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Trachydoras gepharti  Sabaj & Arce H., 2017

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Doradidae (Thorny catfishes)
Etymology: Trachydoras: Greek, trachys, -eia, -ys = rough + Greek, doras = skin (Ref. 45335);  gepharti: Named for George W. Gephart, Jr., President & CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University from 2010 to 2017, for his bold, deft and heartfelt leadership of a Glorious Enterprise into its third century.

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

Freshwater; brackish; demersal; depth range ? - 10 m (Ref. 116857).   Tropical

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South America: Amazon and Orinoco basins in Brazil, Guyana, Peru and Venezuela.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116857)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6; Anal soft rays: 12 - 15

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs usually along sandy beaches in large black and clearwater tributaries. Often forms schools at night in shallower water (<2 m) flowing swiftly over sandy bottoms. Shoals with Trachydoras microstomus in the Orinoco and T. nattereri and Trachydoras sp. 'mancha-caudal' in the río Nanay, Peru. Feeds mainly on midge larvae. The gut contents of an adult specimen measuring 5.94 cm SL from Rio Orinoco consisted mainly of chironomids (multiple species, mostly larvae, few pupae) along with a few ceratopogonids (larvae) and an empidid pupae) (Ref. 116857).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Ferraris, Jr., Carl J. | Collaborators

Sabaj, M.H. and M.A. Hernández, 2017. Taxonomic assesment of the hard-nosed thornycats (Siluriformes: Doradidae: Trachydoras Eigenmann 1925) with description of Trachydoras gepharti, n. sp. Proc. Acad. Nat. Scie. Philadelphia 166:1-53. (Ref. 116857)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)


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 = 0.5156   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01413 (0.00605 - 0.03300), b=3.01 (2.81 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-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 (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .