Brycinus lateralis, Stripped robber : fisheries, bait

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Brycinus lateralis (Boulenger, 1900)

Stripped robber
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Teleostei (teleosts) > Characiformes (Characins) > Alestidae (African tetras)
Etymology: Brycinus: Greek, ebrykon, brykomai = to bite, to gnaw (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Boulenger.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical; 11°S - 28°S

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Africa: Kasai, upper Sankuru, upper Lualaba (Ref. 42019) and Luapula systems (Ref. 45616, 109499) (middle and upper Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia. Zambezi system including upper Zambezi, Kafue, Lake Kariba, lower Zambezi, Okavango, Cunene, Buzi (Ref. 7248, 94654) and Caprivi strip (Ref. 37065). Also from coastal north-east Natal to the Lake St. Lucia catchment (Ref. 13332).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7248)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 15 - 17. A slimmer fish than B. imberi without a spot behind the head, but with a pronounced black lateral band (normally only visible on dead material) which ends in a caudal dash extending right through the caudal fin.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits shallow, sandy or marshy areas (Ref. 13337). Shoals in clear, slow-flowing or quiet, well-vegetated waters. Often found together with the dashtail and the threespot barb and the close similarity of these species suggests mimicry between them. Feeds on small aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Preyed upon by tigerfish and observed to be eaten by a small crocodile during an upriver migration (Ref. 13337). Moves upstream during rains, possibly to breed. Ovarian egg counts from a large ripe female reach up to 12,000 eggs (Ref. 13337). Used as bait for tigerfish and largemouth bream (Ref. 7248).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Skelton, P.H., 1993. A complete guide to the freshwater fishes of southern Africa. Southern Book Publishers. 388 p. (Ref. 7248)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 01 May 2018


Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


Human uses

Fisheries: subsistence fisheries; bait: occasionally
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Internet sources

AFORO (otoliths) | Aquatic Commons | BHL | Cloffa | BOLDSystems | Websites from users | Check FishWatcher | CISTI | Catalog of Fishes: genus, species | DiscoverLife | ECOTOX | FAO - Publication: search | Faunafri | Fishipedia | Fishtrace | GenBank: genome, nucleotide | GloBI | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | IGFA World Record | MitoFish | Otolith Atlas of Taiwan Fishes | PubMed | Reef Life Survey | Socotra Atlas | Tree of Life | Wikipedia: Go, Search | World Records Freshwater Fishing | Zoological Record

Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00633 - 0.01990), b=3.04 (2.89 - 3.19), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.50 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K>1).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.