Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Xenocyprididae
(East Asian minnows)
Etymology: Aphyocypris: Greek, aphye, -es, sardine, anchovy + Greek, Cypris = Aphrodite (Ref. 45335); amnis: From the Latin amnis, a stream, in reference to its distribution in only 1 river drainage. Treated as a noun in apposition. More on authors: Liao, Kullander & Lin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Subtropical
Asia: known only from the type locality, a small tributary of the Shuili River in Taiwan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87785)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Can be diagnosed from Aphyocypris moltrechti by having a unique lateral line pattern, in which lateral line turning upward at vertical of posterior end of anal-fin base, running very close to midline of caudal peduncle after turning point, gradually ascending to midpoint of caudal peduncle end (vs. upward turn absent, lateral line running gradually ascending to midpoint of caudal peduncle end in Aphyocypris moltrechti); 2 or 3 scales along vertical between lateral line and posterior end of anal-fin base (including scale row on anal-fin base) (vs. 1 or 2 scales in Aphyocypris moltrechti); last 5-7 scales of lateral line along midline of caudal peduncle (vs. 3-5 in Aphyocypris moltrechti); 34-37 lateral line scales and 33-36 perforated scales (vs. 35-38 lateral line scales and 34-38 perforated scales in Aphyocypris moltrechti) (Ref. 87785).
Occurs in a stream section about 50 m long, composed of pools with a very low flow rate. At the time of collecting, the type locality is a pool about 5 m long and 3 m wide, no deeper than 0.5 m with moderately turbid water and surrounded by forest and with muddy bottom that has patches of gravel (Ref. 87785).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Liao, T.-Y., S.O. Kullander and H.-D. Lin, 2011. Synonymization of Pararasbora, Yaoshanicus, and Nicholsicypris with Aphyocypris, and description of a new species of Aphyocypris from Taiwan (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Zool. Stud. 50(5):657-664. (Ref. 87785)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00871 (0.00412 - 0.01842), b=3.08 (2.91 - 3.25), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 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.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .