Myloplus (formerly: Myleus) schomburgkii

18. April 2011

Currently we have one of the most beautiful of the large tetras in stock: Myloplus schomburgkii. The magnificent species reaches up to 45 cm in total length, our specimens have the ideal size of 5-7 cm. The photos of the juveniles illustrating this entrance are made from our specimens in stock, while the adults have been photographed in a public aquarium.

In contrast to many other species of silver dollars identification of Myloplus schomburgkii is quite easy. It is the only species that has a vertical black stripe on the body. However, shape and size of that stripe differ in specimens from different localities so it is possible that more than one species is currently lumped under the name of M. schomburgkii.

Sexes cannot be distinguished in juveniles externally, but can be very easily distinguished in adults. In all Myloplus species adult males develope a two-lobed anal fin. In M. schomburgkii the males moreover develope filiformous extensions of the dorsal fin rays. Mating males of the broadbanded variety (species?) become splendid red.

These close relatives of the piranhas feed mainly on plant material. Exactly like piranhas Myloplus schomburgkii establish a hierarchy. The species is one of the most attractive inhabitants of large aquaria one can think of.

For our customers: the fish have code 270503 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Myloplus: not explained. Myleus: after the ancient Greek term for “millstone”. schomburgkii: dedication name for the important German naturalist and explorer Robert Hermann Schomburgk (1804-1865).

Suggestion of a common name: Blackbanded pacu

Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Verfügbare Größe in cm 5-7