Alestopetersius nigropterus

Scientific name Alestopetersius nigropterus
Descriptor Poll
Year of description 1967
IUCN category EN
Family Alestidae
Genus Alestopetersius
Alestopetersius nigropterus Alestopetersius nigropterus


Alestopetersius nigropterus is a fresh water fish from the Africa.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    6 cm
  • Maximum size
    8 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    6 cm
  • Maximum size
    8 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize Alestopetersius nigropterus ?

Alestopetersius nigropterus measures around 6 cm. The dominant males can however reach 8 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly argent body. The also has noir horizontal stripes.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Alestopetersius nigropterus is a fish living in shoals naturally found near to the surface. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

Alestopetersius nigropterus is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 26 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6 - 7
  • Flow

Biotope presentation


Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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