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Brycinus minutus  (Hopson & Hopson, 1982)

Dwarf Lake Turkana robber
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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; pelagic.   Tropical

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Africa: endemic to Lake Turkana (Ref. 53378, 52331).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 53378)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

It has a shorter snout compared to Alestes nurse, a slightly larger eye and narrower interorbital space (Ref. 53378). The mouth of this species is noticeably superior and subterminal, with a predominance of unicuspid outer maxillary teeth (Ref. 53378).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A pelagic species, usually occurring with A. ferox, widespread throughout the open waters of Lake Turkana; situated in midwater scattering layer during daylight hours; disperses through surface waters after dark; feeds chiefly on zooplankton with occasional small insects; spawns within the lake; matures at exceptionally small size for an Alestes (Ref. 53378).

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Hopson, A.J. and J. Hopson, 1982. The fishes of Lake Turkana with a description of three new species: Alestes ferox sp. nov., Alestes minutus sp. nov. (Pisces: Characidae) and Barbus turkanae sp. nov. (Pisces: Cyprinidae). p. 283-347. In A.J. Hopson (ed.) Lake Turkana. A report on the findings of the Lake Turkana project 1972-1975. Overseas Development Administration, London. 1873 p. (Ref. 53378)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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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=0.01230 (0.00544 - 0.02785), 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):  3.1   ±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 (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.