Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Cheirodontinae
Etymology: Serrapinnus: Latin, serran, serranus, saw and a fish of genus Serranus + Latin, pinna = spiny, thorn (Ref. 45335); aster: The specific name refers to the star-shaped ventral profile of the set of hypertrophied procurrent caudal-fin rays present in the mature males of the species.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical, preferred ?
South America: Upper portions of the rio Tocantins basin, mainly in the tributaries of the rio Paraná and rio Tocantins, Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 96959)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 19 - 22. Serrapinnus aster can be distinguished from all congeners except S. potiguar, by having scimitar-shaped ventral procurrent caudal-fin rays in mature males, almost all of which form a semicircle, resulting in a portion of the ventral procurrent caudal-fin rays having a multi-pointed partial star-shaped margin (vs. ventral procurrent caudal-fin rays rod-shaped or spatulate, usually parallel to each other, except for the anteriormost procurrent rays being inclined forward in some species). It differs from S. potiguar and congeners by having 7-9 cusps on the premaxillary teeth (vs. 5 cusps in S. microdon and S. potiguar, 9 -11 in S. lucindai, S. sterbai and S. tocantinensis and 10-12 in S. gracilis and S. littoris), incomplete lateral line (vs. complete in S. heterodon), dorsal fin hyaline (vs. with a proximal black blotch in S. notomelas), and the absence of a black spot on the posteroventral region of the abdomen (vs. presence in S. kriegi) (Ref. 96959).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Malabarba, L.R. and F.C. Jerep, 2014. Review of the species of the genus Serrapinnus Malabarba, 1998 (Teleostei: Characidae: Cheirodontinae) from the rio Tocantins-Araguaia basin, with description of three new species. Zootaxa 3847(1):057-079. (Ref. 96959)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.6 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .