Apteronotus albifrons 9-10cm

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Apteronotus albifrons  (Linnaeus, 1766)

Black ghost
Image of Apteronotus albifrons (Black ghost)
Apteronotus albifrons
Picture by McKenzie, M.


Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gymnotiformes (Knifefishes) > Apteronotidae (Ghost knifefishes)
Etymology: Apteronotus: Greek, apteros = without wings / (in this cases, fins) + Greek, noton = back (Ref. 45335).


Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5 - 19.   Tropical; 23°C - 28°C (Ref. 1672)


Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36886)


Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

South America: Venezuela to Paraguay and Paran? rivers. Also in the Amazon Basin of Peru (Ref. 6329).


Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in rapidly flowing waters of creeks with a sandy bottom. Is a micro-predator of insect larvae (Ref. 12225). Nocturnal. Possesses a weakly discharging neurogenic electric organ and ampullary electro receptors that are distributed from head to tail (Ref. 10011; 10841).


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

Ortega, H. and R.P. Vari, 1986. Annotated checklist of the freshwater fishes of Peru. Smithson. Contrib. Zool. (437):1-25.


IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans






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