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Derhamia hoffmannorum  Géry & Zarske, 2002

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes (Characins) > Lebiasinidae (Pencilfishes) > Lebiasininae
Etymology: hoffmannorum: Named for Peter Hoffmann..   More on author: Géry.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47610)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Anal soft rays: 9 - 10. Elongated body (greatest depth 4.60-5.45 in SL) with a narrow caudal peduncle; symmetrical caudal fin and a dorsal fin far backward. Transverse scales from dorsal to pelvic, 6 or 6.5; predorsal scales 15.5 or 16. Mouth somewhat superior with a short maxilla (apparent length 4.5-5.5 in HL), not quite reaching the level of the eye's front margin. Eyes relatively large. A longitudinal black band surmounted by a light line, from opercle to base of middle caudal rays (Ref. 47610).

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

South America: Mazaruni River, Guyana.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A shy species (probably the most timorous pencil-fish species), living mainly on the surface and hidden, when possible, under a floating leaf or other hiding possibility. Swims actively, in a fitful manner, the moving of the pectorals is alternative, not symmetric. In captivity, accepts all foods, including dry ones, but only on the surface, neglecting what falls on the bottom. No peculiar nocturnal coloration; no direct courtship was yet observed, only short hunts against each other (within and between sexes) without real fights (Ref. 47610).

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Géry, J. and A. Zarske, 2002. Derhamia hoffmannorum gen. et sp. n. - a new pencil fish (Teleostei, Characiformes, Lebiasinidae), endemic from the Mazaruni River in Guyana. Zool. Abh., Staat. Mus. Tierk. Dresden (52):35-47.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.08 - 4.68), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.4 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) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.