Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Aphyocharacinae
Etymology: Aphyocharax: Greek, aphye, -es, sardine, anchovy + Greek, charax = a marine fish; diminutive (Ref. 45335); yekwanae: Named for the Ye'Kwana tribe that lives and oversees most of the Río Caura basin.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 49521)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 15 - 17;
Vertebrae: 36 - 37. Body with bright red coloration, from vertical through second to fifth branched anal-fin ray to vertical through apex of fork in caudal fin; adipose and posterior 2/3 of anal fin red. This coloration is believed to be autapomorphic. Distal margin of anal fin clear. Maxillary teeth 11-16; incompletely toothed maxilla (Ref. 49521).
South America: Venezuela.
Common in the lee side of islands and protected backwaters of the main river channel; sand with some rocks bottom. Also collected near mouths of streams where it could be muddy and covered with terrestrial plant leaves. Aquatic vegetation almost always absent; water clear to moderately turbid (Ref. 49521).
Willink, P.W., B. Chernoff, A. Machado-Allison, F. Provenzano and P. Petry, 2003. Aphyocharax yekwanae, a new species of bloodfin tetra (Teleostei: Characiformes: Characidae) from the Guyana Shield of Venezuela. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 14(1):1-8.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01120 (0.00513 - 0.02445), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .