We obtained a good number of this quite rare livebearer from a German breeder. Priapella are specialized fish. The best known species in the hobby is for sure Priapella intermedia. Like this species, P. chamulae has brillant blue eyes.
Priapella are schooling fish that live near the surface in brooks. These conditions, eg keeping in schools (10 specimens or more), good current, and oxygen-rich water have to be imitated in the aquarium, too, otherwise one will have only little fun with Priapella.
Priapella chalumae is a medium sized species and reaches about 6 cm length.
For our customers: the fish have code 444483 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Priapella: ancient Greek, means “small penis”. chamulae: after the indigenous tribe of the Chamula, which live in the region in Mexico where the species is found.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer