Initially, this charming dwarf tetra was described from the island of Trinidad. The maximum length is 2 cm in males and about 3 cm in females. Now we received a shipment with wild collected specimens from Venezuela. The beautiful animals fit quite good to the description of H. axelrodi, the calypsotetra; the scientist Taphorn determined the species in 1992 tentatively as Megalamphodus cf. axelrodi.
Regarding the generic name this tetra has undergone a real odyssey. It was initially described under the generic name of Aphyocharax, in 1977 Géry placed it in Megalamphodus with question mark. In 1997 Weitzman and Palmer dissolved the genus Megalamphodus and the calypsotetra was placed in Hyphessobrycon. Today Megalamphodus is regarded again as a valid genus by most scientists, but if the calypsotetra belongs to that genus is still an open question. So it is most often placed in Hyphessobrycon currently.
Despite all this confusion the fish is as beautiful and easy to keep as a fish can be and an ideal inhabitant of so-called nano tanks.
For our customers: the fish have code 259472 on our stocklist. Please note that we received that fish mixed with other tetras and are not able to ship it assorted. Please understand that we exlusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Aphyocharax: means “small Charax”; Charax is another genus of tetra. Hyphessobrycon: means “small Brycon”; Brycon is another genus of tetra. Megalamphodus: means “with spacious ways”; this refers to anatomical details. axelrodi: dedication name for Herbert Axelrod.
Common name: Calypsotetra
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
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