Hyphessobrycon megalopterus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
Species Authority: (Eigenmann, 1915)
Common Name(s):
English Black phantom tetra, Phantom tetra
Spanish Tetra fantasma negro
Megalamphodus megalopterus Eigenmann, 1915
Megalamphodus rogoaguae Pearson, 1924

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 very large distribution and the lack of any known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the Upper Paraguay and Guaporé River basins, in Bolivia and Brazil.
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil
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Population [top]

Population: The species was recently collected in great numbers in both the Paraguay and Guaporé basins (Lima pers. comm. 2007).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: H. megalopterus is a benthopelagic (ecological region at the lowest level of water body) species. Lives in slow flowing waters, associated flood plain areas. Aggregates around submerged vegetation.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Involved with the pet trade but to no threatening level.
Collection from the wild is not causing this species to be threatened.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is not currently under threat; the harvesting levels for the pet trade are very considered small.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place.

Citation: Reis, R & Lima, F. 2009. Hyphessobrycon megalopterus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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