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Boulengerella cuvieri  (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes (Characins) > Ctenoluciidae (Pike-characids)
Etymology: Boulengerella: From George Albert Boulenger (1858-1937); he revised the works of Günther about Percoidei (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic.   Tropical, preferred ?

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South America: Rio Amazonas, Rio Tocantins, Río Orinoco, Essequibo River, Oyapock River [= Rio Oiapoque] and rivers of Amapá, and Pará, Brazil.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 88.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); max. published weight: 6.0 kg (Ref. 54653)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 9 - 11; Vertebrae: 48 - 49. The location of the dorsal fin base distinctly anterior to the vertical through the anal fin origin distinguishes this species from all ctenoluciids except B. lucius and B. xyrekes, from which it can be distinguished by the discrete black spot on the basal portions of the caudal fin rays, and also by different pigmentation on the body.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Usually inhabits areas with rapid water, always on the surface, behind obstacles like rocks and logs (Ref. 54653). Some small-sized individuals occur in calmer waters such as lakes, small bays (Ref. 54653). Solitary or forms small schools (Ref. 54653). A carnivorous fish with preference on fish (Ref. 54653).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Vari, Richard P. | Collaborators

Vari, R.P., 1995. The Neotropical fish family Ctenoluciidae (Teleostei: Ostariophysi: Characiformes): supra and intrafamilial phylogenetic relationships, with a revisionary study. Smithson. Contri. Zool. No. 564, 97 p. (Ref. 13118)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5391   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00219 (0.00107 - 0.00446), b=3.20 (3.01 - 3.39), based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.5   ±0.80 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100) .