Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Typical of quiet waters in creeks and shorelines of larger rivers where there is low to moderate current. Found in slightly brackish waters at sea level and in waters up to 610 m elevation, though generally more abundant below 200 m. Food consists of fish scales, including those of other characins, cichlid and others, and aquatic insects (Ref. 36880).
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Distribution

Central America: Pacific slope rivers from west of the Sona Peninsula, Panama, to Coto River, north through the Parrita-Quepos region of Costa Rica to extreme west of Mexico, and on the Atlantic slope from rivers of Nicaragua (Managuá lake) and Honduras.
  • Lucena, C.A.S. and N.A. Menezes 2003 Subfamily Characinae (Characins, tetras). p. 200-208. 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. 36811)
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Mexico and Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guaetmala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

8.2 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 36811))
  • Lucena, C.A.S. and N.A. Menezes 2003 Subfamily Characinae (Characins, tetras). p. 200-208. 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. 36811)
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Type Information

Paratype for Roeboides bouchellei
Catalog Number: USNM 87214
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): S. Hildebrand & F. Foster
Year Collected: 1924
Locality: Lake Metapan, Metapan, El Salvador, El Salvador, North America
  • Paratype: Hildebrand, S. F. 1925. Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Fisheries. 41 (985): 246.
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Paratype for Roeboides bouchellei
Catalog Number: USNM 87213
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): S. Hildebrand & F. Foster
Year Collected: 1924
Locality: Lake Guija and Outlet, El Salvador, North America
  • Paratype: Hildebrand, S. F. 1925. Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Fisheries. 41 (985): 246.
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Paratype for Roeboides bouchellei
Catalog Number: USNM 87212
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): S. Hildebrand & F. Foster
Year Collected: 1924
Locality: Rio Sucio, Sitio Del Nino, El Salvador, North America
  • Paratype: Hildebrand, S. F. 1925. Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Fisheries. 41 (985): 246.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

Typical of quiet waters in creeks and shorelines of larger rivers where there is low to moderate current. Found in slightly brackish waters at sea level and in waters up to 610 m elevation, though generally more abundant below 200 m. Food consists of fish scales, including those of other characins, cichlid and others, and aquatic insects (Ref. 36880).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Roeboides bouchellei

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Roeboides bouchellei

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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