Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits backwaters and creeks with low or moderate current velocity. Found between elevations of 0 to 50 m, insectivore (Ref. 36880).
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Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs on the Atlantic versant between the Patuca River in Honduras, through Nicaragua, to the San Juan and Tortuguero rivers in northern Costa Rica. It has also been recorded from Lake Managua (Miller and Carr 1974).
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Atlantic versant between the Patuca River in Honduras and rivers San Juan and Tortuguero in northern Costa Rica: Costa Rica and Honduras.
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Central America: Atlantic versant between the Patuca River in Honduras and rivers San Juan and Tortuguero in northern Costa Rica.
  • Lima, F.C.T., L.R. Malabarba, P.A. Buckup, J.F. Pezzi da Silva, R.P. Vari, A. Harold, R. Benine, O.T. Oyakawa, C.S. Pavanelli, N.A. Menezes, C.A.S. Lucena, M.C.S.L. Malabarba, Z.M.S. Lucena, R.E. Reis, F. Langeani, C. Moreira et al. … 2003 Genera Incertae Sedis in Characidae. p. 106-168. 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. 38376)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=38376&speccode=10622 External link.
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

3.9 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 38376))
  • Lima, F.C.T., L.R. Malabarba, P.A. Buckup, J.F. Pezzi da Silva, R.P. Vari, A. Harold, R. Benine, O.T. Oyakawa, C.S. Pavanelli, N.A. Menezes, C.A.S. Lucena, M.C.S.L. Malabarba, Z.M.S. Lucena, R.E. Reis, F. Langeani, C. Moreira et al. … 2003 Genera Incertae Sedis in Characidae. p. 106-168. 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. 38376)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=38376&speccode=10622 External link.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
H. tortuguerae is a benthopelagic species that inhabits backwaters and creeks, between elevations of 0-50 m, with a low or moderate current. Although the type material was taken from an estuary, this species is essentially riverine (Miller and Carr 1974).

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hyphessobrycon tortuguerae

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2009

Assessor/s
Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T.

Reviewer/s
Collen, B., Darwall, W., Ram, M. & Smith, K. (SRLI Freshwater Fish Evaluation Workshop)

Contributor/s

Justification
Assessed as Least Concern due to its fairly large distribution and the lack of any known major widespread threats to this species.
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Population

Population
The population appears to be currently stable, although detailed information is unknown.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known major threats to the rivers of the Atlantic versant of Nicaragua, where the majority of H. tortuguerae's range lies.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no conservation measures in place.
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