Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Alestidae
Etymology: Micralestes: Greek, mikros = small + Greek,lestes = thief (Ref. 45335). More on author: Boulenger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 7.6; dH range: 18 - 25. Tropical; 22°C - 26°C (Ref. 2059)
Africa: widely distributed in the Congo River basin (Ref. 42032) in Central African Republic (Ref. 45441) and Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 42032). Also reported from the Rusizi and Malagarasi in Burundi (Ref. 98755), the Lake Chad basin in Central African Republic (Ref. 83569) and the Lake Tanganyika basin in Tanzania (Ref. 4967).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967)
soft rays: 15 - 16. Body height 2.9-3.9 times in standard length (Ref. 42032). Head length 3.7-3.9 times in standard length (Ref. 42032). Cuspid number: external row on upper jaw 5-6, internal row on upper jaw 6-8, external row on lower jaw 5-8, internal row on lower jaw 1 (Ref. 42032). Weakly developed black mediolateral band in front of the pelvic fins but more expressed to the back of the body (Ref. 42032). Mediolateral band silvery in live specimens (Ref. 42032). Fins without black spot (Ref. 42032).
Inhabits lakes (Ref. 4967).
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. 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=0.01122 (0.00512 - 0.02461), b=3.00 (2.82 - 3.18), 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) .