Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Alestidae
Etymology: Brycinus: Greek, ebrykon, brykomai = to bite, to gnaw (Ref. 45335).
Paugy & Shaefer (2007: Ref. 80290) put the validity of the species in doubt as being a morphotype of Brycinus macrolepidotus Valenciennes 1850. This requires confirmation most likely with genetics studies (Paugy, pers,comm., 21 Mar. 2013). This species is placed in the genus Alestes Müller & Troschel, 1844 in Eschmeyer (CofF ver.Feb. 2013: Ref. 93002) following Paugy (1984: Ref. 5331). Treated here under the genus Brycinus following Paugy (1986: Ref. 42019).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical; 22°C - 27°C (Ref. 12468), preferred ?
Africa: present in coastal rivers of southern Cameroon (Ref. 27896, 42019), Gabon, and Republic of Congo, and in Chiloango River basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 42019).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 22.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41597)
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Paugy, D., 1986. Révision systématique des Alestes et Brycinus africains (Pisces, Characidae). Collection Études et Thèses. Éditions de l'O.R.S.T.O.M., Paris. 295 p. (Ref. 42019)
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=0.01000 (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
): 3.3 ±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 (20 of 100) .