Hyphessobrycon eschwartzae (= Hyphessobrycon cf. agulha)

26. September 2012

Hyphessobrycon eschwartzae (= Hyphessobrycon cf. agulha)

The Flag Tetra (Hyphessobrycon heterorhabdus) belongs to most beautiful small tetras of Amazonia. A sister species, H. amapaensis, occurs in Brazil. It has a similar coloration, but can be recognized by the broad, red stripe. Both species are much sought after. Now we were able to import another species of Flag Tetra from Peru, which belongs probably to a species not recognized by science yet. It looks most similar to the described species Hyphessobrycon agulha. So we decided to call it Hyphessobrycon cf. agulha on our stocklist.


The very pretty new species looks a bit like a cross of Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi (Black Neon Tetra) and Hemigrammus erythrozonus (Glowlight Tetra). The bright red eye is very striking. The behaviour of the new Flag Tetra, which attains a maximum length of 3-4 cm, is comparable to that of other small tetras. Hyphessobrycon cf. agulha prefers to swim in schools and looks best in well planted aquaria with other quiet tankmates. Soft and slightly acidic water is much liked by the fish, but they also adapt very well to other water conditions. The new Flag Tetra feeds readily on any usual type of food for ornamental fish. Plants are not bothered as well as tankmates are completely left at peace. The water temperature may lie between 22 and 28°C.

For our customers: the fish have code 255973 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Hyphessobrycon: ancient Greek, means “small Brycon”. Brycon is another genus of tetras. heterorhabdus: ancient Greek, means “with different stripe”, which refers to the coloration. amapaensis: Latin, means “originating from Amapa”. agulha: after a popular name given to the species in the region of the Rio Madeira, the type locality.

Suggestion of a common name: Red-Eyed Flag Tetra

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Peru
Verfügbare Größe in cm 3-4