Prochilodus nigricans

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Prochilodus nigricans
Prochilodus nigricans Castelnau.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Prochilodontidae
Genus: Prochilodus
Species: P. nigricans
Binomial name
Prochilodus nigricans
Spix & Agassiz, 1829

Prochilodus nigricans, or black prochilodus, is a species of prochilodontid fish from the Amazon Basin in South America.[1] It supports major fisheries; according to IBAMA, it is the third most caught taxon in the Brazilian Amazon by weight, after Brachyplatystoma vaillantii and Semaprochilodus spp.[2] The black prochilodus is migratory, moving between different parts of the Amazon.[3] The black prochilodus reaches up to 38.2 cm (15.0 in) in standard length and 1.2 kg (2.6 lb) in weight.[1]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). "Prochilodus nigricans" in FishBase. March 2017 version.
  2. ^ Araujo-Lima, C.A.R.M.; and M.L. Ruffino (2003). Migratory Fishes of the Brazilian Amazon. Pp. 233—302 in: Carolsfeld, J.; B. Harvey; C. Ross; and A. Baer (editors). Migratory Fishes of South America. ISBN 0-9683958-2-12
  3. ^ McClain, M.E.; and R.J. Naiman (2008). "Andean Influences on the Biogeochemistry and Ecology of the Amazon River". BioScience. 58 (4): 325–338. doi:10.1641/B580408.