Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Characinae
Etymology: Acestrocephalus: Greek, agkistron = hook + Greek, kepahle = head (Ref. 45335); acutus: From the Latin adjective acutus, meaning sharp, in reference to the pointed nature of the snout of this species.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75890)
soft rays: 33 - 39;
Vertebrae: 37 - 39. Among the species of Acestrocephalus with dark humeral blotch absent, this species can be separated from Acestrocephalus sardina and Acestrocephalus nigrifasciatus by possessing a smaller eye (28.0- 31.7 vs. 32.6-36.5 in Acestrocephalus nigrifasciatus and 31.3-37.4 in Acestrocephalus sardina); and an oblong dark blotch at caudal base instead of the triangular dark blotch present on the caudal base of those two species. Distinguished from Acestrocephalus pallidus by having an oblong dark blotch at caudal base (vs. absence of dark blotch); and differs further from Acestrocephalus pallidus by the shape of the muscular hiatus of the pseudotympanum and the muscular arrangement around it. Can be diagnosed from Acestrocephalus anomalus by having more teeth in the posterior row on dentary (28-36 vs. 23-28) and fewer teeth in the external tooth row on premaxilla (6-8 vs. 8-11) (Ref. 75890).
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | SELECT
scientificname = Acestrocephalus acutus
LIMIT 1Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
South America: Rio Tocantins and rio Tapajós drainages in Brazil.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Menezes, N.A., 2006. Description of five new species of Acestrocephalus Eigenmann and redescription of A. sardina and A. boehlkei (Characiformes: Characidae). Neotrop. Ichthyol. 4(4):385-400. (Ref. 75890)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
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
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00437 - 0.02882), b=3.05 (2.83 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .