TAXONOMY

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

References

Ref. A Docent & Guide View of the Steinhart Aquarium Species

Ron’s flickr  http://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/sets/72157608376694453/with/3178305677/

Ron’s WordPress shortlink  http://wp.me/p1DZ4b-188Encyclopedia of life  eol.org/pages/206551/maps

Fishbase: www.fishbase.org/summary/speciessummary.php?id=10629

Encyclopedia of life  eol.org/pages/206551/maps

IUCN Red list: www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search