Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Alestidae
Etymology: Brycinus: Greek, ebrykon, brykomai = to bite, to gnaw (Ref. 45335); epuluensis: The Latin adjective epuluensis refers to the type locality of the species, the Epulu River (Ref. 113515).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Epulu River and its affluents (Aruwimi drainage, middle Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 113515).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 113515)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 15 - 18;
Vertebrae: 33 - 34. Diagnosis: Brycinus epuluensis is distinguished from all species belonging to the macrolepidotus group by having a short snout, more than 3 times in head length vs. less than 3 times, and fewer premaxillary teeth, 6-7 vs. 8-11; it is distinguished from all species belonging to the longipinnis group by the absence of a fronto-parietal fontanelle in adults vs. fronto-parietal fontanelle always present, fewer lateral line scales, 18-22 vs. 25-36, and generally fewer anal-fin rays, iii,12-15 vs. iii,14-25; it is distinguished from aal species of the nurse group by having 6 or exceptionally 7 premaxillary teeth vs. 8-10, exceptionally 7 (Ref. 113515). The species is most similar to Brycinus imberi, from which it is mainly distinguished by fewer premaxillary teeth, 6-7 vs. 7-8, fewer lateral line scales, 18-22 vs. 21-31, and the presence of a black mid-lateral band (Ref. 113515).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Decru, E., E. Vreven, O. Sadio and J. Snoeks, 2016. Brycinus epuluensis, a new species from the Epulu River (Congo basin), Africa (Teleostei: Alestidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 27(1):49-60. (Ref. 113515)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
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=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±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 (12 of 100) .