Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes
(Bony tongues) > Mormyridae
Etymology: Cryptomyrus: Name from the Greek ‘kryptos’ for secret or hidden, referring to the rarity of these fishes in collections and the Greek ‘myros’ for a kind of fish, a suffix used in the names of many other mormyrid genera.; ona: The specific epithet is a noun in apposition that honors Marc Ona Essangui, Gabonese environmental and civic activist, founder and executive director of the NGO Brainforest and recipient of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize, in appreciation for his efforts to protect Gabon's equatorial forests and wetlands (Ref. 113668).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 8.0 - 8.0. Tropical; 24°C - ? (Ref. 113668)
Africa: Nyanga River and Ngounié River in Gabon (Ref. 113668).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 113668)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 24;
Vertebrae: 41. Diagnosis: Cryptomyrus ona is readily differentiated from its sole congener, C. ogoouensis, by the following characteristics: having an anal-fin origin located only just in advance of the dorsal fin, first dorsal ray above anal-fin ray 3 vs. first dorsal-fin ray above anal-fin ray 7; a deep caudal peduncle, 6.0-6.8% of standard length vs. 5.1%; and lobes of caudal fin markedly shorter than caudal peduncle, vs. nearly as long as peduncle (Ref. 113668).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sullivan, J.P., S. Lavoué and C.D. Hopkins, 2016. Cryptomyrus: a new genus of Mormyridae (Teleostei, Osteoglossomorpha) with two new species from Gabon, West-Central Africa. ZooKeys 561:117-150. (Ref. 113668)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .