Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Loricariinae
Etymology: Loricaria: Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather; 1706 + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 8°S - 9°S, 55°W - 56°W
South America: Brazil, Pará, Altamira Municipality, Rio Curuá, Iriri-Xingu drainage, near town of Castelo dos Sonhos (Ref. 84258).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 36.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 111518); max. published weight: 118.20 g (Ref. 111518)
Morphology | Morphometrics
In adults Loricaria birindellii is distinguished from all other nominal species of Loricaria by having a combination of an elongate dorsal-fin spine (36.0% SL based on the holotype vs. 16–29%, usually less than 26% SL) that is supported throughout most of its length by the first branched ray and an inconspicuous (vs. prominent) post-orbital notch with minimum orbital diameter 95.4–97.2% (vs. 71.8–91.5%) of maximum orbital diameter. It is further distinguished from similar and geographically proximate species, L. lata and L. simillima, by having a narrower head width (13.9–14.9% SL vs. 15.2–19.4% SL in L. simillima and 16.4–20.1% SL in L. lata), from L. clavipinna by having more divergent plates (21 vs. 18–19) and fewer coalesced plates (13 vs. 15–16) in the lateral series, and from L. cataphracta by having weakly (vs. strongly) developed odontode crests on head and dorsal trunk plates, more divergent plates (21 vs. 17–20, usually 19) and fewer coalesced plates (13 vs. 13–17, usually 15–16) in the lateral series (Ref. 84258).
Facultative air-breathing in the genus (Ref. 126274)
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Thomas, M.R. and M.H. Sabaj Pérez, 2010. A new species of whiptail catfish, genus Loricaria (Siluriformes: Loricariidae), from the Rio Curua´ (Xingu Basin), Brazil. Copeia 2010(2):274-283. (Ref. 84258)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00282 (0.00153 - 0.00518), b=3.09 (2.93 - 3.25), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.4 ±0.2 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100).