Apteronotus albifrons (Linnaeus, 1766)
Black ghost
photo by McKenzie, M.

Family:  Apteronotidae (Ghost knifefishes), subfamily: Apteronotinae
Max. size:  50 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6 - 8; dH range: 5 - 19
Distribution:  South America: Venezuela to Paraguay and ParanĂ¡ rivers. Also in the Amazon Basin of Peru (Ref. 6329).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Occurs in rapidly flowing waters of creeks with a sandy bottom. Is a micro-predator of insect larvae (Ref. 12225). Nocturnal. Possesses a weakly discharging neurogenic electric organ and ampullary electro receptors that are distributed from head to tail (Ref. 10011; 10841).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.08.94
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 19.01.09

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