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Brycinus brevis  (Boulenger, 1903)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes (Characins) > Alestidae (African tetras)
Etymology: Brycinus: Greek, ebrykon, brykomai = to bite, to gnaw (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.8 - 7.8.   Tropical; 23°C - 27°C (Ref. 12468)

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Africa: Southern Ghana and southern Nigeria (Lagos and Bénoué basin) (Ref. 2880, 81279). Also recorded in Sanaga River basin, Cameroon (Ref. 52331).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 31256); max. published weight: 300.00 g (Ref. 3799)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 16 - 18. Diagnosis: parietal fontanella absent in adults and porelinke in juveniles, disappearing with growth; snout long, comprised three times in head length; dorsal-fin origin distincly behind pelvic-fin insertions; head broad; adults large-sized; no sexual dimorphism affecting anal-fin shape in adult males; body depth less than three times in the standard length in adults; 8-12 teeth in outer premaxillary row; 4.5 scales above lateral line; 21-23 lateral line scales; 13-15 anal fin branched rays; 18-20 gill rakers on lower part of first branchial arch (Ref. 2880, 81279).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Affinities: B. macrocephalus

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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Paugy, D., 1990. Characidae. p. 195-236. In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douces et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. Tome I. Coll. Faune Tropicale n° XXVIII. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren et O.R.S.T.O.M., Paris, 384 p. (Ref. 2880)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

  Vulnerable (VU) (B1ab(iii); D2)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00529 - 0.02734), b=3.00 (2.82 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-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 (23 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.