Vertebrate Zoology 61(3): 300-307, doi:
Description of a new species of the catfish genus Trichomycterus (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) from the rio de Contas basin, northeastern Brazil
expand article infoMaria Anaïs Barbosa, Wilson José Eduardo Moreira da Costa§
‡ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil§ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Trichomycterus tete, new species is described from the upper rio de Contas basin, northeastern Brazil. It is the fi rst record of the genus to the Caatinga semi-arid region. The new species is distinguished from all its congeners by having a combination of eight pectoral-fin rays, the fi rst pectoral-fin ray prolonged as a fi lament, metapterygoid deeper than wide, short maxillary barbel reaching the middle of opercular patch of odontodes, narrow head (head width 68.07 – 77.5% HL), 11 dorsal-fin rays, caudal fin truncated, body slender (body depth 12.3 – 13.6% SL), shorter dorsal-fin base (dorsal-fin base length 9.5 – 11.4% SL), and an uncommon color pattern. In addition, T. tete differs from all the congeners from southeastern Brazil by having a deep area at the external edge of the hypobranchial 1.
Caatinga, Loricarioidea, Neotropical ichthyofauna, semi-arid region, systematics, taxonomy, Trichomycterinae.