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Brycinus longipinnis

(long-fin tetra)


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Family : African tetras ; Generally found in the upper and lower reaches of big rivers and also in estuarine zones of mixohaline waters. The only Brycinus species to penetrate small rivers and streams (Ref. 2880). Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium size 100 cm[1].

Common Names

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Common Names in Danish:

Langfinnet congotetra

Common Names in English:

long-fin tetra, African Long finned Tetra, African long-finned tetra, African longfin, African longfin tetra, African tetra, African tetras, Characin, Long finned characin, long-finned characin, Longfin tetra, Silversides

Common Names in Ewe:

Morganutewoe, Wuganutewoe

Common Names in Finnish:

Pikkuviirialesti, Pikkuviiritetra, Viirialesti, Viiritetra

Common Names in French:

Characin à longues nageoires

Common Names in Gã:

Tewe kpiti

Common Names in Gã:

Tewe Kpiti

Common Names in German:

Afrikanischer Langflossensalmler, Langflossensalmler

Common Names in Hausa:


Common Names in Hungarian:

Közönséges molnárlazac

Common Names in Ijo:


Common Names in Irish:

Tewe kpiti

Common Names in Kanuri:


Common Names in Krio:

Kartei, Kay-ray-day, Serekulay

Common Names in Lithuanian:

Ilgapelekis bricinas

Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

長鰭鮭脂鯉, 长鳍鲑脂鲤

Common Names in Nupe:


Common Names in Polish:

Alestes chapera

Common Names in Yoruba:



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Typically found in a lake at a mean distance from sea level of 147.96 meters (485.43 feet).[2]

Biome: Marine .

Ecology: Brycinus longipinnis is generally found in the upper and lower reaches of big rivers and also in estuarine zones of mixohaline waters. It is the only Brycinus species known to penetrate small rivers and streams (Paugy 1990). Such specimens are always smaller than those found in large rivers (Stiassny et al. 2007).[3].

List of Habitats :


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Alestes chaperiAlestes chaperi Sauvage • Alestes longipinnisAlestes longipinnis< /i> (Günther • Brachyalestes longipinnisBrachyalestes longipinnis Günther • Brachyalestes longipinnis Günther, 1864 • Bruconalestes longipinnis longipinnisBrycinus longipinnisBrycinus longipinnis (Günther, 1864) • Brycinus longipinnis bagbeensisBrycinus longipinnis bagbeensis Géry & Mahnert • Brycinus longipinnis< /i> (Günther • Bryconalestes longipinnis chaperiBryconalestes longipinnis chaperi (Sauvage • Bryconalestes longipinnis longipinnis< /i> (Günther


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 28-Aug-1994

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Brycinus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 12 species and subspecies in this genus:

B. affinis (Redfin Robber) · B. brevis (African Tetras) · B. ferox (Large-Toothed Lake Turkana Robber) · B. grandisquamis (Pinkfin Alestes (FB)) · B. imberi (Spot-Tailed Robber) · B. jacksonii (Victoria Robber) · B. lateralis (Stripe-Tailed Robber) · B. longipinnis (Long-Fin Tetra) · B. macrolepidotus (True Big-Scale Tetra) · B. minutus (Dwarf Lake Turkana Robber) · B. nurse (Silversides) · B. sadleri (Sadler's Robber)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 02, 2008:



  1. "Minuartia austromontana". in Flora of North America Vol. 5. Oxford University Press. Online at [back]
  2. Standard Deviation = 444.930 based on 281 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  3. Lalèyè, P. & Moelants, T. 2010. Brycinus longipinnis. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 January 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30