Serrapinnus sp. aff. kriegi

3. February 2014

The tetras which were called “Cheirodon” for decades are splitted now in several genera: Nanocheirodon, Compsura, Odontostilbe, Serrapinnus, and Cheirodon. They all have a generalized pattern with a black caudal spot and light spots above and below it.

We currently received a pretty species of that group from Peru. Sadly we were not able to determine it yet. Initially we thought they might belong to the species Cheirodon luelingi, but this could not be verified. Obviously our fish represents a (at least for Peru) new species of the genus Serrapinnus (this genus is defined by a strange, saw-like structure right before the ventral border of the caudal fin, which is formed from the so-called interhaemalia), which is very close to the well known S. kriegi from Paraguay.

So we call our fish now Serrapinnus sp. aff. kriegi “Peru”. Our largest specimens are about 4 cm long and obviously sexually mature. The animals are absolutely peaceful, very lively and healthy.

For our customers: the fish have code 217053 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Serrapinnus: means “saw-fin”. kriegi: dedication name for the German zoologist Hans Krieg (1888-1970).

Suggestion of a common name: Peruvian Threespot Tetra

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

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