Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gymnotiformes
(Knifefishes) > Sternopygidae
Etymology: Japigny: Named for the river Japigny, a tributary of Approuague River in French Guiana, where the species was first found. Defined as feminine noun.; kirschbaum: Named for Dr. Frank Kirschbaum, a specialist of Gymnotiform fishes who has obtained experimental spawning and breeding of several gymnotid species. A noun in apposition.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical, preferred ?
South America: French Guiana in Approuague, Mana and Maroni rivers.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 22.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86967)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 132 - 164;
Vertebrae: 70 - 82. Can be distinguished by having the following characters: seven to eight dark and clear alternating wide vertical bands on body; a foramen in the scapula; 14-15 precaudal vertebrae; 132-164 anal-fin rays (vs. more than 160 in all known Sternopygids); snout short (less than one third heald length); and mouth subterminal (Ref. 86967).
Caught with Anostomus brevior and Cynopotamus essequibensis (Ref. 86967).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Meunier, F.J., C. Jégu and P. Keith, 2011. A new genus and species of neotropical electric fish, Japigny kirschbaum (Gymnotiformes: Sternopygidae), from French Guiana. Cybium 35(1):47-53. (Ref. 86967)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [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), 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. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .