Copeina cf. osgoodi

2. August 2010

At least in Germany members of the genus Copeina are pretty well known, which is reflected by the fact that an accepted common name exists: Forellensalmler, which means “trout tetra”. However, this knowledge is rather outdated and nowadays the fish can be regarded as real rarities in the hobby. There are only two accepted species in Copeina, namely C. gutta and C. osgoodi. Both can be distinguished from each other only by internal features of the dentition and the collecting site: C. guttata is known from the central Amazon basin in Brazil, and C. osgoodi from the upper Amazon in Peru (following Géry, 1978).

We received our beautiful specimens from Peru. Depending on the light they look quite different. Lateral illumination makes them shining bright blue, light from the top highlights the red spots on the scales and the orange red finnage.

According to the scientific literature C. osgoodi becomes 5.1 cm long (standard length, eg without caudal fin) and C. guttata 7.6 cm. Aquarium literature gives even 15 cm for C. guttata (of course with caudal fin).

Keeping Copeina is very interesting due to their broodcare. They spawn on roots, stones, leaves, etc. and even in holes in the sand. The male defends the breeding territory against all other fishes, including the female. This ends when the brood swims free.

For our customers: the fish have code 219893 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Copeina: Dedicated to E. D. Cope, an ichthylogist with worldwide reputation. osgoodi: dedication name. guttata: Latin, means “speckled”.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Literature: Géry, J. (1977): Characoids of the World. Neptune City.

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Peru
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4-5