Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Alestidae
Etymology: aeratis: From the Latin noun aeratus, meaning of copper, bronze, in reference to the bronze flank coloration.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: only know from the type locality, Lake Tumba near Irebu, in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 55980).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55980)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Differs from all putative congeners by having 17-19 gill rakers on the lower limb of the first arch (vs. 11-17). Further distinguished from all congeners by the combination of the following characters: a slender body, with depth 3.7-4.2 times in SL; 14-15 branched anal-fin rays; 26-28 lateral line scales, all of which bear lateral canals; flanks with golden-bronze reflective coloration overlain by dark brown chromatophores, and dark midlateral pigmentation stripe absent (Ref. 55980).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Stiassny, M.L.J. and S.A. Schaefer, 2005. Rhabdalestes aeratis, new species (Characiformes: Alestidae): first occurrence of the genus from the Middle Congor River basin. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 16(3):271-278. (Ref. 55980)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00507 - 0.02483), b=3.00 (2.81 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .