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Acestrorhynchus falcatus  (Bloch, 1794)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes (Characins) > Acestrorhynchidae (Smallscale pike characins) > Acestrorhynchinae
Etymology: Acestrorhynchus: Greek, agkistron = hook + Greek, rhyngchos = snout (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35687)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3-5; Anal soft rays: 21 - 27. Possesses a humeral spot shaped as an oval or inverted teardrop, occupying not less than a quarter of the height of the body; caudal peduncle with a black spot covering between one third and almost the totality of its depth (Ref. 52916).

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South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins and rivers of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Attains a length of around 20 cm. As indicated by its dentition and body form, it is a formidable predator which feeds exclusively on fish. Ubiquitous species but is frequently found throughout the length of waters with moderate flow. Reproduction begins with the onset of the rainy season (Ref. 12225).

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Menezes, N.A., 2003. Family Acestrorhynchidae (Acestrorhynchids). p. 231-233. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 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 BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.2   ±0.73 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.