Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gymnotiformes
(Knifefishes) > Hypopomidae
Etymology: Brachyhypopomus: Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, hypo = under + Greek, poma, -atos = cover (Ref. 45335); bennetti: Named for Michael V.L. Bennett of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, in honor of his pioneering work on electric fish neurophysiology.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic. Tropical, preferred ?
South America: Amazon Basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94132)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 227 - 255. Electric organ present along caudal filament and along body above anal fin exceedingly deep and visible as large semi-translucent area, occupying approximately 14-17% body depth directly posterior to abdominal cavity; and monophasic, headpositive electric organ discharge (EOD) waveform, approximately 2.1 milliseconds in duration in both sexes at 25°C (Ref. 94132).
Usually found in floating meadow habitats on the margins of the Amazonas/Solimões River and its tributaries. Often collected with Brachyhypopomus walteri (Ref. 94132).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sullivan, J.P., J. Zuanon and C. Cox Fernandes, 2013. Two new species and new subgenus of toothed Brachyhypopomus electric knifefishes (Gymnotiformes, Hypopomidae) from the central Amazon and considerations pertaining to the evolution of a monophasic electric organ discharge. Zookeys 327:1-34. (Ref. 94132)
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
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .