Wertheimeria maculata

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Wertheimeria maculata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Doradidae
Genus: Wertheimeria
Steindachner, 1877
Species: W. maculata
Binomial name
Wertheimeria maculata

Wertheimeria maculata is the only species in the genus Wertheimeria of the catfish (order Siluriformes) family Doradidae.[1] This species is endemic to Brazil and is found in the Jequitinhonha and Pardo Rivers.[2] These fish reach a length of 30.0 centimetres (11.8 in) SL.[3] Within its restricted range, W. maculata faces strong human habitat disturbances such as siltation, habitat fragmentation, pollution, and introduced species.[2] This fish has been placed as the sister taxon to all other doradids.[2]


  1. ^ "Wertheimeria maculata". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved May 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c Eler, Eduardo S.; Dergam, Jorge A.; Vênere, Paulo C.; Paiva, Lílian C.; Miranda, Gabriela A.; Oliveira, Alessandro A. (2007). "The karyotypes of the thorny catfishes Wertheimeria maculata Steindachner, 1877 and Hassar wilderi Kindle, 1895 (Siluriformes: Doradidae) and their relevance in doradids chromosomal evolution" (PDF). Genetica. 130 (1): 99–103. doi:10.1007/s10709-006-0023-4. PMID 16897457. 
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Wertheimeria maculata" in FishBase. December 2011 version.