Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Alestidae
Etymology: Bathyaethiops: Greek, bathys = deep + Greek, Aethiopia, an African country (Ref. 45335); flammeus: The species name comes from the Latin flammeus for bright red or burning, referring to the bright red spot on nape in front of dorsal fin; an adjective (Ref. 110423).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Bakéré River and Ruki River drainage (middle Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 110423).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 110423)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 24 - 28;
Vertebrae: 35 - 38. Diagnosis: Bathyaethiops flammeus is distinguished from all congeners by the presence of a spot lacking melanophores, located in front of the dorsal fin, and which is red in life, white in preservation (Ref. 110423).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Moritz, T. and U.K. Schliewen, 2016. Description of two new Bathyaethiops species (Teleostei: Alestidae) from the Congo basin. Zootaxa 4117(4):476-490. (Ref. 110423)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).