Bryconamericus emperador 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Characiformes Characidae

Scientific Name: Bryconamericus emperador
Species Authority: (Eigenmann & Ogle, 1907)
Astyanax emperador Eigenmann & Ogle, 1907
Bryconamericus baudoensis Fowler, 1944
Bryconamericus cascajalensis Meek & Hildebrand, 1916
Bryconamericus ortholepis Eigenmann, 1913
Bryconamericus scopiferus Eigenmann, 1913

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Reis, R & Lima, F.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Darwall, W., Ram, M. & Smith, K. (SRLI Freshwater Fish Evaluation Workshop)
Assessed as Least Concern due to its high abundance, wide distribution and the lack of any known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Central and South America; in the Chagres, Tuira, Bayano, and Santa María River basins in Panama and the Baudó, San Juan, Atrato, and Pacific coastal drainages in Colombia and in Panama.
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Panama
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Population [top]

Population: Locally abundant species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: B. emperador is a benthopelagic (ecological region at the lowest level of water body) fish that inhabits streams and rivers. It is an active, schooling fish that eats fruit, seeds and insects. They have been found to spawn in temporary tributaries in June with the first floods of the rainy season (Kramer 1978).
Systems: Freshwater
Congregatory: Congregatory (and dispersive)

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats currently known for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability: Suitable  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

Bibliography [top]

Froese, R. and Pauly, D. 2006. FishBase. Available at:

Géry, J. 1977. Characoids of the world. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey, USA.

IUCN. 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2009.2). Available at: (Accessed: 3 November 2009).

Kramer, D.L. 1978. Reproductive seasonality in the fishes of a tropical stream. Ecology 59(5): 976 - 985.

Citation: Reis, R & Lima, F. 2009. Bryconamericus emperador. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T167673A6365914. . Downloaded on 30 May 2016.
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