Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Heptapteridae
Etymology: Heptapterus: Greek, epta = seven + Greek, pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335); qenqo: Name derived from the Quechua language meaning serpentine or sinuous, in allusion to the swimming movements of this species; adjective, singular and masculine.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic-neritic. Tropical
South America: Argentina.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86258)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 11 - 13;
Vertebrae: 51 - 52. This species is distinguished by the following characters: a small serrae on the anterior proximal margin of first pectoral-fin ray; anal-fin rays iv-v, 11-13 (15-17 total); adipose-fin base relatively short (40.9-47.4% SL); small eyes (7.4-14.2% HL); adipose fin is confluent to caudal fin; maxillary barbel not reaching pectoral-fin base in adults and reaching or scarcely surpassing first pectoral-fin ray in small juveniles (Ref. 86258).
This species inhabits well-oxygenated rivers and streams, with gravel substratum and moderate to rapid flowing waters. Individuals usually shelter under large rocks. Apparently solitary and only a few specimens are usually captured per collecting site (Ref. 86258).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Aguilera, G., J.M. Mirande and M.M. Azpelicueta, 2011. A new species of Heptapterus Bleeker 1858 (Siluriformes, Heptapteridae) from the Río Salí basin, north-western Argentina. J. Fish Biol. 78(1):240-250. (Ref. 86258)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
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
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00354 - 0.01702), b=2.98 (2.80 - 3.16), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .