Leporinus sp. aff. tigrinus

12. February 2013

Leporinus sp. aff. tigrinus Leporinus sp. aff. tigrinus Leporinus sp. aff. tigrinus

This beautiful striped Leporinus originates from the Ventuari river in Venezuela. It represents possibly a still undescribed species of Leporinus; Leporinus with a similar coloration are known so far only from the Rio Tapajos and Rio Xingu in Brazil; these “haresnouts” (this is what the name Leporinus means translated) have been described in 1929 under the name of Leporinus fasciatus tigrinus. Nowadays this subspecies is usually regarded as a full species, eg Leporinus tigrinus.

The double band in front of the dorsal fin and the shining scales on the back are very obvious and seem to be species-specific. Against their own kind Leporinus are known to be quarrelsome sometimes, but our fish are quite peaceful so far.

One may reckon that the species attains a total length of more than 20 cm, as its close relatives (L. fasciatus, L. affinis, L. y-ophorus) do. It is also very likely that the fish feeds mainly on plant material. Currently our fish are between 6 and 8 cm long.

For our customers: the fish have code 265773 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very limited numbers only!

Lexicon: Leporinus: Latin, means “haresnout”. tigrinus: means “striped like a tiger”.

Suggestion of a common name: Tiger-Leporinus

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Venezuela
Verfügbare Größe in cm 7-9