Leptopanchax (Costa 2016)


Type-species: Cynolebias citrinipinnis Costa, Lacerda & Tanizaki 1988.

Type locality: Maricá, Rio de Janeiro State, Brasil. 


Comparative morphology and classification of South American cynopoeciline killifishes (Cyprinodontiformes: Aplocheilidae), with notes on family-group names used for aplocheiloids (Costa 2016)


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Abstract: A comparative morphological study involving all cynopoeciline killifishes indicates that Leptolebias marmoratus is more closely related to species of the genera Campellolebias and Cynopoecilus than to other species of Leptolebias, and that Mucurilebias leitaoi is the sister group of a clade comprising all other cynopoecilines. Leptopanchax, new genus, is described to place species that share urogenital papilla in males separated from the anal-fin origin by broad interspace, basal portion of the urogenital papilla in males not forming a pronounced wide structure, absence of thickened tissue on the basal portion of the anal fin in males, caudal fin oval and symmetrical in males, anterior proximal radials of the anal fin not placed in close proximity in males, presence of a broad iridescent golden stripe on the distal zone of the dorsal fin in males, and caudal fin with vermiculate dark red marks in males. Poecilopanchax, new subgenus of Cynopoecilus, is diagnosed by having the basihyal narrow, about rectangular, the interarcual element of the dorsal branchial arch ossified, the uncinate process of the third epibranchial distinctively widened, a long filamentous ray on the tip of the anal fin in males, caudal fin lanceolate in males, dark bars on the flank in females, branchiostegal region with intense red pigmentation in males, a brownish red stripe on the basal portion of the dorsal fin in males, and dark red marks extending to the antero-distal margin of the dorsal fin in males. This study follows an old classificatory scheme in which all aplocheiloids are placed in a single family, the Aplocheilidae.


Leptopanchax, new genus

Included species, distribution and habitat. Five species: L. aureoguttatus (Cruz, 1974), L. citrinipinnis (Costa, Lacerda & Tanizaki, 1988), L. itanhaensis (Costa, 2008). L. opalescens (Myers, 1942), and L. splendens (Myers, 1942), between the Laguna de Maricá system in south-eastern Brazil and river basins draining into the Baía de Paranaguá, southern Brazil. Two species, L. citrinipinnis and L. opalescens are found in temporary pools within open vegetation formations, including coastal ’Restinga’, whereas the remaining species of Leptopanchax are found in seasonal shallow channels within dense rain forest (Costa & Lacerda, 1988; Costa et al., 1988; Costa, 2008). 


Leptopanchax aureoguttatus (da Cruz, 1974)


Sobre Cynolebias aureoguttatus Myers, 1952 (Osteichthyes, Cyprinodontidae, Rivulinae). Arq. Univ. Fed. Rur. Rio de Janeiro, 2 (4): 20.

Type locality: no type locality (Registro, Sao Paulo state, southeastern Brasil, subseq.).


Leptopanchax aureoguttatus

Leptopanchax citrinipinnis (W. J. E. M. Costa, Lacerda & Tanizaki, 1988)

Description d'une nouvelle Espèce de Cynolebias des Plaines côtières du Brésil sud-oriental (Cyprinodontiformes, Rivulidae). Rev. fr. Aquariol. Herpétol., 15 (1): 22, fig. 1.

Type locality: Maricá, Rio de Janeiro State, Brasil.

Leptopanchax  citrinipinnis "Barra de Marica"



Leptopanchax itanhaensis (W. J. E. M. Costa, 2008)


Leptopanchax opalescens (G. S. Myers, 1942)



Leptopanchax splendens (G. S. Myers, 1942)

Studies on South American Freshwater Fishes I. Stanford Ichthyological Bull., 2 (4): 110.


Type locality: along foothills of Serra de Petrópolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.


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Rediscovery of Leptopanchax splendens (Cyprinodontiformes: Aplocheilidae): a seasonal killifish from the Atlantic Forest of south‐eastern Brazil that was recently considered extinct

W. J. E. M. Costa J. L. O. Matt P. F. Amorim

First published: 02 January 2019



A recent collection of the seasonal killifish found Leptopanchax splendens c. 5 km from the type locality, 74 years after its last record. The species was historically common in its type locality, the Estrela River basin in south‐eastern Brazil, until 1950, after which it was not encountered and thought to have become extinct due to widespread deforestation and urbanization in the region. Despite the rediscovery, this study finds that other recently published reports of L. splendens are misidentifications.