Hyphessobrycon sp. Red-Blue Peru Tetra, now H. margitae

12. April 2017

This tetra, which attains a maximum length of about 4-5 cm, is without any doubts one of the most attractive members of the tetra family. The species has been described scientifically recently under the name of Hyphessobrycon margitae. It originates from Peru, according to the exporters from the Loreto region, Rio Nanay basin. Regarding the behaviour it shows a lot of similarities to the Purple emperor tetra (Inpaichthys kerri). Sometimes H. margitae is confused with Hyphessobrycon nigricinctus, the Peruvian emperor tetra, which has, however, a much narrower lateral band.

The Red-Blue Peru-Tetra is a peaceful animal that can be kept in any community tank with other peaceful fish. We can currently offer fully grown bred specimens, but we also have sometimes wild collected specimens in stock.

For our customers: the fish have code 262153 (wild) and 262164 (bred) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Hyphessobrycon: ancient Greek, means “small Brycon”; Brycon is another genus of tetra. Inpaichthys: dedication name for the  Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA); ichthys is ancient Greek and means “fish”. kerri: dedication name for W. E. Kerr, at the time director of INPA. nigricintus: Latin, means “with a black band”. margitae: named in honour of the wife of the describer, Margit Zarske.