Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gymnotiformes
(Knifefishes) > Hypopomidae
Etymology: Brachyhypopomus: Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, hypo = under + Greek, poma, -atos = cover (Ref. 45335); provenzanoi: Named for Francisco Provenzano Rizzi, Venezuelan ichthyologist, for his contributions to Neotropical ichthyology. A noun in the genitive case.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 3.1 - 4.0. Tropical; 26°C - 28°C (Ref. 116763)
South America: upper Orinoco and upper Negro (Amazonas drainage) in Venezuela.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116763); 11.0 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 162 - 195. Brachyhypopomus provenzanoi is distinguished from other species of the genus Brachyhypopomus by the absence of scales in middorsal region of anterior third of body (vs. presence in all congeners except B. benjamini) and by its dorsal surface of body with irregular pattern of distinct dark blotches on depigmented tan-colored background (vs. speckled with small brown chromatophores on light brown background in B. benjamini) (Ref. 116763)
Found in small, gently flowing, low-conductivity clearwater terra firme forest and savanna streams, and in static leaf-litter choked blackwater streams and swamps in Mauritia palm swamps. Most specimens in streams were observed sheltering in submerged and marginal aquatic vegetation growing in sandy beds, and those in Mauritia palm swamps were collected from dense leaf litter banks and root mats. Sympatric and syntopic with Brachyhypopomus bullocki, B. brevirostris, and B. sullivani in the type locality region. Food items food in the stomach contents were aquatic insect larvae and other small aquatic invertebrates (Ref. 116763).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Crampton, W.G.R., C.D. de Santana, J.C. Waddell and N.R. Lovejoy, 2017. A taxonomic revision of the Neotropical electric fish genus Brachyhypopomus (Ostariophysi: Gymnotiformes: Hypopomidae), with descriptions of 15 new species. Neotrop. ichthyol. 14(4):e150146. (Ref. 116763)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00145 - 0.00994), 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
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .