Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Alestidae
Etymology: Brycinus: Greek, ebrykon, brykomai = to bite, to gnaw (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical, preferred ?
Africa: coastal basins in Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo (Ref. 28013, 80290). Also reported from the Dja system (middle Congo River basin) in Cameroon (Ref. 28013, 51193, 80290).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 28013)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 10. Diagnosis: fronto-parietal fontanel absent in adults, sometimes pore-like in juveniles; snout short, more than 3x head lenght; dorsal fin origin just behind pelvic fin insertion; sexual dimorphism affecting anal fin shape; head length/snout length 3.1-4.0; 24-30 lateral line scales; 4.5 scales between lateral line and dorsal fin; 10.5-12 predorsal scales; 12-16 anal fin branched rays; 16-25 gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch; 8 teeth in outer premaxillary row; adults medium-sized; humeral spot always present; broad black band on flanks; most apparent part of this band reaches or extends beyond vertical through posterior base of dorsal fin (Ref. 80290).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Toham, A.K. and G.G. Teugels, 1997. Redescription of two morphologically similar Brycinus species (Ostariophysi: Characidae) from Central Africa. Copeia 1997(2):363-372. (Ref. 28013)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00536 - 0.02823), b=3.00 (2.82 - 3.18), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .