Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Characinae
Etymology: Roeboides: Latin, rubus, ruber, reddish. More on author: Fowler.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Subtropical; 21°C - 36°C (Ref. 36880)
Central America: Pacific slope rivers from west of the Sona Peninsula, Panama, to Coto River, north through the Parrita-Quepos region of Costa Rica to extreme west of Mexico, and on the Atlantic slope from rivers of Nicaragua (Managuá lake) and Honduras.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36811)
Typical of quiet waters in creeks and shorelines of larger rivers where there is low to moderate current. Found in slightly brackish waters at sea level and in waters up to 610 m elevation, though generally more abundant below 200 m. Food consists of fish scales, including those of other characins, cichlid and others, and aquatic insects (Ref. 36880).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lucena, C.A.S., 1998. Relaçocões filogenéticas e definição do género Roeboides, Günther (Ostariophysi; Characiformes; Characidae). Comun. Mus. Ciênc. Tecnol. PUCRS, Sér. Zool. Porto Alegre (CMCT), 11:19-59. (Ref. 34411)
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=0.01000 (0.00411 - 0.02433), b=3.08 (2.87 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.64 se; Based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .