Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Iguanodectidae
("Lizard bite tetras")
Etymology: Bryconops: Greek, bryko = to bite + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335); imitator: From the Latin meaning imitator or mimic, in reference to the similarity in appearance of Bryconops colaroja..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Caura River basin in Venezuela.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47228)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 26 - 30;
Vertebrae: 40 - 42. Distinguished from all other congeners, except B. colaroja, by its red caudal fin and greenish-silver body. Differs from all other Creatochanes, including B. colaroja, by the following combination of characters: posterior extension of maxilla not reaching vertical through articulation between second and third infraorbital; third infraorbital not contacting preopercle ventrally or at angle; 17-19 circumdorsal scales; no humeral mark; no caudal fin ocellus; anal fin pigment dense but restricted to margins of fin rays, not forming band; 18-19, rarely 20 precaudal vertebrae; anal fin originating under 18-19th centrum, rarely 20; dorsal fin originating above 10th, rarely 11th centrum; cheeks absence of conspicuous blotch of pigment ; caudal fin lobes equal in length (Ref. 47228).
Occurs in large river habitats in swift current and in rapids among dense stands of the rooted vascular Podostemonaceae, as wells as in small streams with current. Also inhabits small streams, rapids, bays and backwaters over sand, gravel and rocky bottoms (Ref. 47228).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chernoff, B., F. Provenzano, P.W. Willink and P. Petry, 2002. Bryconops imitator, a new species from the Rio Caura basin of Venezuela (Teleostei: Characiformes). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 13(3):193-202. (Ref. 47228)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00285 - 0.02792), b=3.11 (2.85 - 3.37), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).