Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class Actinopterygii, (ray-finned fishes)
Order Characiformes (Characins)
Family Characidae (Characins)

Genus/species: Ctenobrycon spilurus

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Large eyed, deep bodied, laterally compressed, disc shaped, silvery color with black spot on caudal peduncle. Variable amount of red in the fins under the fish. C. spilurus can reach 8 cm (3 in) length.

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DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: South America: Orinoco River basin. Found in areas of calm freshwater water.

DIET IN THE WILD: Voracious omnivore. Mainly zooplankton but also plants, worms, insects and crustaceans.

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CONSERVATION: IUCN Redlist; not evaluated.

Location: Flooded Amazon Anaconda Exhibit AM03


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