Overview

Distribution

Amazon River basin: Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
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South America: Amazon River basin.
  • Lima, F.C.T. 2003 Characidae - Bryconinae (Characins, tetras). p. 174-181. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 38504)
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 180 mm TL
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Max. size

30.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9096)); max. published weight: 4,350 g (Ref. 40637)
  • IGFA 2001 Database of IGFA angling records until 2001. IGFA, Fort Lauderdale, USA. (Ref. 40637)
  • Goulding, M. 1980 The fishes and the forest: explorations in Amazonian natural history. University of California Press, Berkeley. 280 p. (Ref. 9096)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243); freshwater; pH range: 6.0 - 7.5; dH range: 20
  • Riede, K. 2004 Global register of migratory species - from global to regional scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Bonn, Germany. 329 p. (Ref. 51243)
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Migration

Potamodromous. Migrating within streams, migratory in rivers, e.g. Saliminus, Moxostoma, Labeo. Migrations should be cyclical and predictable and cover more than 100 km.
  • Riede, K. 2004 Global register of migratory species - from global to regional scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Bonn, Germany. 329 p. (Ref. 51243)
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Trophic Strategy

Juveniles are omnivores (Ref. 51869).
  • Soares, M.G.M., R.G. Almeida and W.T. Tunk 1986 The trophic status of the fish fauna in Lago Camaleao, a macrophyte dominated floodplain lake in the middle Amazon. Amazoniana, IX(4):511-526. (Ref. 9089)
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Diseases and Parasites

Procamallanus Infection 10. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
  • Bunkley-Williams, L. and E.H. Williams Jr. 2002 Nematodes of freshwater fishes of the Neotropical region. (Book review). Caribb. J. Sci. 38(3-4):289-294. (Ref. 46699)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Brycon melanopterus

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There is 1 barcode sequence available from BOLD and GenBank.

Below is the sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.

See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen.

Other sequences that do not yet meet barcode criteria may also be available.

TGAGCTGGAATAGTTGGTACAGCCCTT---AGTCTGCTAATTCGAGCAGAACTCAGCCAACCTGGGTCCCTACTAGGTGAT---GACCAGATTTACAATGTAATCGTTACCGCACATGCGTTCGTAATAATTTTCTTTATAGTCATGCCAGTAATAATTGGAGGGTTTGGTAACTGACTCGTGCCCCTAATA---ATTGGAGCTCCTGATATGGCCTTCCCCCGAATAAACAACATAAGTTTTTGACTTTTACCCCCCTCCTTCCTACTTCTTCTAGCTTCATCTGGCGTTGAAGCAGGCGCAGGAACAGGTTGAACTGTGTACCCCCCTCTCGCAGGAAATATTGCCCATGCGGGAGCCTCTGTAGACCTA---ACCATTTTCTCACTCCATCTCGCCGGAGTATCTTCGATTCTTGGAGCAATTAACTTTATTACAACAATCATCAACATGAAACCCCCAGCCATCTCCCAATACCAAACACCTCTATTTGTCTGAGCTGTCTTAGTAACAGCCGTCCTGCTACTTCTCTCTCTACCAGTACTAGCAGCC---GGGATTACCATGCTTTTAACAGATCGAAATCTAAACACCACCTTCTTCGACCCTGCAGGAGGAGGAGACCC
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Brycon melanopterus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
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