Acestrorhynchus cf. minimus

9. November 2011

The barracuda tetras (Acestrorhynchus) from South Americ are beautiful predators, which are much sought for among specialized aquarists with large tanks. Several of the approximately 14 species accepted currently become 20 to 40 cm long, but there do exist also small species in the genus that become never larger than 10 cm.

We received from Peru one of these dwarfish species. The pattern and the low number of scales correspond very well with the species described as A. minimus. However, that species is not listed so far to occur in Peru, so we decided to name the fish “cf. minimus”.

Acestrorhynchus are comparably peaceful predators and should be kept in schools. A. minimus becomes only 6-8 cm long and so the species fits very well in a 200 litre tank. On the other hand the tank should not be much smaller, as barracuda tetras are active hunters and thus need some space. They should be fed with small feeder fish.

For our customers: the animals have code 202254 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Acestrorhynchus: from ancient Greek, means “needle snout”. minimus: Latin, means “the smallest”.

Suggestion of a common name: Dwarf barracuda tetra

Text & photo: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Peru
Verfügbare Größe in cm 6-8