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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits creeks and river backwaters in current of low to moderate velocity. Found between 0 and 680 m elevation. Abounds on shorelines with considerable vegetation. Ingests "aufwuchs", filamentous algae and diatoms (Ref. 36880).
  • Malabarba, L.R. 1998 Monophyly of the Cheirodontinae, characters and major clades (Ostariophysi: Characidae). p. 193-233. In L.R. Malabarba, R.E. Reis, R.P. Vari, Z.M.S. Lucena and C.A.S. Lucena (eds.) Phylogeny and classification of neotropical fishes. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. (Ref. 34064)
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Distribution

Grande de Terraba, Jicote and Pirris River basins, Costa Rica.
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Central America: Grande de Terraba, Jicote, and Pirris River basins in Costa Rica.
  • Malabarba, L.R. 2003 Subfamily Cheirodontinae (Characins, tetras). p. 215-221. 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. 37055)
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

5.1 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 37055))
  • Malabarba, L.R. 2003 Subfamily Cheirodontinae (Characins, tetras). p. 215-221. 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. 37055)
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Type Information

Paratype for Pseudocheirodon terrabae Bussing
Catalog Number: USNM 213486
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Glycerin with Bone Stain
Collector(s): W. Bussing
Locality: Costa Rica, San Jose Province, Trib. To Rio General, San Jose Province, Costa Rica, North America
  • Paratype: Bussing, W. A. 1966. Revista de Biologia Tropical. 14 (2): 212.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

Inhabits creeks and river backwaters in current of low to moderate velocity. Found between 0 and 680 m elevation. Abounds on shorelines with considerable vegetation. Ingests "aufwuchs", filamentous algae and diatoms (Ref. 36880).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Pseudocheirodon terrabae

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