Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Iguanodectidae
() > Incertae sedis
Etymology: Bryconops: Greek, bryko = to bite + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335); imitator: From the Latin meaning imitator or mimic, in reference to the similarity in appearance of Bryconops colaroja.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47228)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 26 - 30;
Vertebrae: 40 - 42. Distinguished from all other congeners, except B. colaroja, by its red caudal fin and greenish-silver body. Differs from all other Creatochanes, including B. colaroja, by the following combination of characters: posterior extension of maxilla not reaching vertical through articulation between second and third infraorbital; third infraorbital not contacting preopercle ventrally or at angle; 17-19 circumdorsal scales; no humeral mark; no caudal fin ocellus; anal fin pigment dense but restricted to margins of fin rays, not forming band; 18-19, rarely 20 precaudal vertebrae; anal fin originating under 18-19th centrum, rarely 20; dorsal fin originating above 10th, rarely 11th centrum; cheeks absence of conspicuous blotch of pigment ; caudal fin lobes equal in length (Ref. 47228).
South America: Caura River basin in Venezuela.
Occurs in large river habitats in swift current and in rapids among dense stands of the rooted vascular Podostemonaceae, as wells as in small streams with current. Also inhabits small streams, rapids, bays and backwaters over sand, gravel and rocky bottoms (Ref. 47228).
Chernoff, B., F. Provenzano, P.W. Willink and P. Petry, 2002. Bryconops imitator, a new species from the Rio Caura basin of Venezuela (Teleostei: Characiformes). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 13(3):193-202.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (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 (10 of 100) .