Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Alestidae
Etymology: Micralestes: Greek, mikros = small + Greek,lestes = thief (Ref. 45335). More on author: Poll.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical
Africa: middle Congo River and Lualaba River in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 42032), and Mweru-Luapula and Bangweulu-Chambeshi areas (upper Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 42032) and Zambia (Ref. 95585).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 42112)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 15 - 17. Body height 3.5-3.95 times in standard length (Ref. 42032). Head length 3.75-4.1 times in standard length (Ref. 42032). Cuspid number: on external row of upper jaw 4-5, on internal row of upper jaw 6-7, on external row of lower jaw 4-8, on internal row of lower jaw 1 (Ref. 42032). Black mediolateral band starting behind operculum, quickly enlarging towards the back and ending at the origin of the caudal fin (Ref. 42032). Mediolateral band silvery in live specimens (Ref. 42032). Base of flank scales often blackish, especially the scales of the lateral line (Ref. 42032). Fins without black spot, sometimes greyish (Ref. 42032).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Paugy, D., 1984. Characidae. p. 140-183. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ORSTOM, Paris and MRAC, Tervuren. Vol. 1. (Ref. 5331)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00509 - 0.02472), b=3.00 (2.81 - 3.19), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .