Trichomycterus sketi

Castellanos-Morales 2010

Trichomycterus sketi
Trichomycterus sketi. Photograph by Cesar Castellanos-Morales. Click for full screen view.


Trichomycterus sketi is a relatively recently evolved hypogean fish which has only incipient troglomorphies.






Holotype: CAC-CDMB 104 61.5mm SL. Paratypes: ANSP 189652 60.0mm SL, CAC-CDMB 105 55.9mm SL, CAC-CDNB 110 45.2mm and 55.3mm SL, IAvH-P 11806 45.7mm SL, MBUCV-V-35641 45.6mm SL, MLS 20.5mm SL, UIS-Th 1718 43.8mm SL.


Known only from the type locality: Cueva del Indio, vereda Casas Blancas, Municipio La Paz, Departmento de Santander, Colombia. 73o05'18"W, 6o50'21"N. Elevation 2157m.


There are no data on the relationships of this species.

Conservation Status

TLO [LC:3.1:2016]

(Sanchez-Duarte, P. 2016. Trichomycterus sketi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: Downloaded on 11 July 2017).

Museum Holdings

CAC-CDMB 139 49.1mm SL, MBUCV-V-35642 45.0mm SL.

Key References

Sket, B. Journal Article 1988 Speleobiological investigations in the Colombian Andes 1984
Ardila Rodríguez, CA Journal Article 2006 Trichomycterus sandovali, (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) a new species of a troglodytic fish (cave restricted) for the Department of Santander - Colombia. Peces del Departamento de Santander - Colombia
Castellanos-Morales, CA Journal Article 2007 Trichomycterus santanderensis: A new species of troglomorphic catfish (Siluriformes, Trichomycteridae) from Colombia
Castellanos-Morales, CA Journal Article 2008 Trichomycterus uisae: A new species of hypogean catfish (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) from the northeastern Andean Cordillera of Colombia
Castellanos-Morales, C.A., Marino-Zamudio, L.L., Guerrero, L. and Maldonado-Ocampo, J. Journal Article 2011 Peces del departamento de Santander, Colombia
Castellanos-Morales, C.A. and Galvis, F. Journal Article 2012 Las especies del genero Trichomycterus (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae) en Colombia
Colihueque, N., Corrales, O, and Yáñez, M. Journal Article 2017 Morphological analysis of Trichomycterus areolatus Valenciennes, 1846 from southern Chilean rivers using a truss-based system (Siluriformes, Trichomycteridae)
DoNascimiento C., Herrera-Collazos E.E., Herrera-R G.A., Ortega-Lara A., Villa-Navarro F.A., Usma-Oviedo J.S. and Maldonado-Ocampo J.A. Journal Article 2017 Checklist of the freshwater fishes of Colombia: a Darwin Core alternative to the updating problem