Again we were able to import a species of tetra new to science from Peru or at least we are not able to assign the fish to any described species of the region. They wre sent under the name Hemigrammus sp. „Llanos“ (another fantasy-name for that species in the trade is Hemigrammus „Carlitos“). Sadly we have no further information about the animals. We suppose they might have been collceted in the Madre de Dios region, but this is only a guess.
The pretty fish have many similarities with Hemigrammus bellottii from the Rio Negro region in Brazil; the most obvious difference are the nice orange fins.
We obtained such fish also in 2014 as bycatch with the atthat time still undecribed Hemigrammus ribrostriatus from Venezuela. We find H. rubrostriatus also among the H. sp. „Llanos“. So it seems that both species usually occur together.
For our customers: the fish have code 257543 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusiovely supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer