Unfortunately the beautiful penguin tetra, Thayeria obliqua, from the upper Amazon is offered only very rarely, in contrast to its cousin T. boehlkei, which can always be found in the trade. In the trade are only offsprings of T. boehlkei; it originates from the Rio Xingu drainage in Brazil. A third species, T. ifati from Guyana is restricted to the Maroni River and is probably extinct in the hobby, while a fourth species, T. tapajonica, was only scientifically described in 2017 and has probably only been maintained in aquaria by accident. T. tapajonica is very similar in color to T. boehlkei and even occurs locally with it.
All Thayeria species swim obliquely at an angle of about 30° to the water surface. The contrasting black and white pattern, along with the unusual swimming style, breaks up the typical fish outline, making Thayeria better protected from predatory fines.
All penguin tetras grow to 5-6 cm in length and are peaceful schooling fish. We are very pleased to once again offer T. obliqua from Peru.
For our customers: Thayeria obliqua has code 296704 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer