Hypopygus minissimus  de Santana & Crampton, 2011

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gymnotiformes (Knifefishes) > Hypopomidae (Bluntnose knifefishes)
Etymology: Hypopygus: Greek, hypo = under + Greek, pyge = tail (Ref. 45335);  minissimus: The specific epithet, minissimus, is from the superlative of the Latin minimus (smallest), in reference to the status of this species as the smallest known gymnotiform (Ref. 88778).

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

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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South America: Hypopygus minissimus is known only from the upper Orinoco in Venezuela (vicinity of San Fernando de Atabapo, Río Cunucunuma, and Río Sipapo), and from a tributary of the Casiquiare canal in Venezuela (Río Candela) (Ref. 88778).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 88778)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Hypopygus minissimus is diagnosed from congeners by the following combination of characters: the absence of oblique bands (versus presence in all congeners), the absence of scales at midbody (versus presence in all congeners), the absence of the sixth infraorbital bone (versus presence in all congeners except H. hoedemani and H. lepturus), the total number of anal-fin rays (102–113 versus 136–170 in all congeners except H. hoedemani and H. lepturus), and the dorsal rami of the intermittent branch of the anterior lateral line nerve visible as two black parallel lines (versus not visible in H. ortegai) (Ref. 88778).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Albert, James S. | Collaborators

de Santana, C.D. and W.G.R. Crampton, 2011. Phylogenetic interrelationships, taxonomy, and reductive evolution in the Neotropical electric fish genus Hypopygus (Teleostei, Ostariophysi, Gymnotiformes). Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 163:1096-1156. (Ref. 88778)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00372 (0.00140 - 0.00985), 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):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .