Potamorrhaphis guianensis

26. September 2014

The needlefishes (Belonidae) are mainly marine fish. But there do exist three genera with a total of eight species in South America that live exclusively in freshwater. Among them the genus Potamorrhaphis is the most specious one: currently four acceoted species are known.

Potamorrhaphis can attain a maximum length of about 30 cm. Astonishingly these needlefish adapt very easy to the life in aquaria. They do not panic at all, what would lead to bad injuries of the sensitve beak. The fish must be fed in the beginning with live feeder fish (fish size 1-2 cm). Most needlefish can be trained to take sooner or later also frozen food.

Potamorrhaphis are social animals. It is fascinating to watch a school of these elegant predators. The Potamorrhaphis we currently could import originate from Peru. In that area the most recently described species P. labiatus occurs. But all features that can be examined on live fish externally fit better to the species P. guianensis in our fish.

For our customers: the animals have code 281534 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Peru
Verfügbare Größe in cm 20-25