Leporinus steyermarki is a beautiful large tetra. It can reach a maximum size of about 30 cm and originates from Venezuela. In German, the fish is now and then named “Grey Leporinus” which is for sure not describing accurately the coloration of the animal. Maybe this name bases on a confusion with another of the numerous species of Leporinus.
Like all Leporinus, this fish is an omnivorous animal that takes a lot plant of material for food. Our specimens currently are 4-6 cm long and very peaceful against each other.
For our customers: the fish have code 265882 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Leporinus: Latin, means “hare-nose”. steyermarki: named for Julian A. Steyermark who led the 1953 botanical Venzuela Expedition of the Chicago Natural History Museum; the fish was discovered during this expedition.
Suggestion of a common name: Golden Spotted Leporinus
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer