Teleostei (teleosts) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Heptapteridae
Etymology: Pimelodella: Diminutive latinized of greek, pimele = fat + Greek, odous, odella = little teeth (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.0 - 8.0. High altitude; 15°C - 22°C (Ref. 38979); 24°S - , 48°W - (Ref. 97234)
South America: caves in the Ribeira do Iguape River basin in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36914); max. reported age: 15 years (Ref. 38979)
Cave-restricted species. Populations are found in headwater streams in caves, with rocky beds and many rapids intercalated with soft-bottom pools (Ref. 97234). Adults are generalist feeders and opportunistic carnivores feeding on invertebrates (Ref. 97234).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Reproductive mode and guild assumed to be the same as congeners (Ref. 56810).
Bockmann, F.A. and G.M. Guazzelli, 2003. Heptapteridae (Heptapterids). p. 406-431. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 36914)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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=0.00832 (0.00383 - 0.01808), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Generation time: 5.5 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 1 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tmax=15).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100).