Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gymnotiformes
(Knifefishes) > Hypopomidae
Etymology: Brachyhypopomus: Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, hypo = under + Greek, poma, -atos = cover (Ref. 45335); flavipomus: Derived from the Latin adjective flavus (yellow); and from pomus, latinized from Greek ???? =
lid, cover, in reference to the conspicuous patches of yellow guanine on the operculum of live individuals.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.7 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 175 - 186. Brachyhypopomus flavipomus can be distinguished by having conspicuous patches of shiny yellow guanine on the operculum and anterior to pectoral-fin base in live individuals (vs. absent in all congeners) (Ref. 116763).
Occurs only in whitewater floodplain habitats where it is observed throughout the year in floating macrophytes. Most abundant in sheltered floodplain lakes surrounded by high levee forest, but has a patchy distribution, and varies in abundance at a given site from year to year. Occurs sympatrically and syntopically in whitewater floodplain with the following congeners: Brachyhypopomus beebei, B. belindae, B. bennetti, B. brevirostris, B. hamiltoni, B. pinnicaudatus, B. regani, and B. walteri. Exhibits allotopic distributions across parts of its range with Brachyhypopomus batesi, B. benjamini¸ B. hendersoni, B. sullivani, and B. verdii. Feeds on aquatic insect larvae, microcrustacea, and other small aquatic invertebrates, with a predominance of Chironomidae larvae in the type locality (Ref. 116763).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Crampton, W.G.R., C.D. de Santana, J.C. Waddell and N.R. Lovejoy, 2017. A taxonomic revision of the Neotropical electric fish genus Brachyhypopomus (Ostariophysi: Gymnotiformes: Hypopomidae), with descriptions of 15 new species. Neotrop. ichthyol. 14(4):e150146. (Ref. 116763)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00145 - 0.00994), b=3.06 (2.83 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .