Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Loricariidae
(Armored catfishes) > Hypoptopomatinae
Etymology: Pseudotothyris: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, ous, otis = ear + Greek, thyris, -idos = little door (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
South America: coastal drainages from São Sebastião in São Paulo state to Ilha do Superagüi, Baia de Paranaguá in Paraná state, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36885)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6 - 7;
Vertebrae: 27 - 28. Pseudotothyris obtusa can be diagnosed from all congeners by having the upper pharyngeal toothplate bearing 20-30 teeth (vs. 32-47 in Pseudotothyris ignota, 31-36 in Pseudotothyris janeirensis); ceratobranchial 5 bearing 12-15 teeth (vs. 15-31 in Pseudotothyris ignota, 18-23 in Pseudotothyris janeirensis). It further differs from Pseudotothyris ignota by having the anterior margin of snout completely covered by
odontodes (vs. anterior margin of snout with an odontode-free band); first anal-fin pterygiophore contacting the 12th vertebra (vs. 13th); and metapterygoid-hyomandibula suture reduced, the bones not contacting each other dorsally to the suture (vs. metapterygoid and hyomandibula contacting each other dorsally to the suture). It can be differentiated from Pseudotothyris janeirensis by having scattered plates covering the abdomen partial or totally (vs. abdomen almost naked, except for one to three lateral abdominal plates and one to two preanal plates); spinelet absent (vs. present); three transverse dark saddles on the dorsum (vs. transverse dark saddles on the dorsum absent); subocular cheek plate generally present (vs. always absent); and odontodes on lateral plates randomly distributed (vs. odontodes aligned in well-defined series) (Ref. 116384).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Martins, F.O., H.A. Britski and F. Langeani, 2014. Systematics of Pseudotothyris (Loricariidae: Hypoptopomatinae). Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 170:822-874. (Ref. 116384)
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
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00851 (0.00277 - 0.02618), b=3.05 (2.80 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.2 ±0.1 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .