From Venezuela we received very nice Myloplus torquatus. The up to approx. 25 cm long species is scientifically known for a very long time (since 1858) and in the course of time it was already assigned to the genera Myletes and Myleus. A very good recognition feature is the black fringe in the caudal fin, a color feature that is not known so far in any other silver dollar species. However, small juveniles look completely different (see: https://www.aquariumglaser.de/fischarchiv/myleus-cf-torquatus/).
Our animals are currently about 7-10 cm long and are already beginning to differentiate sexually. The males develop a more extensive anal fin and the dorsal fin – compared to the dorsal fin of the females – takes on a broader, blunted shape.
Myloplus torquatus is widely distributed in tropical South America and is found in the basins of both the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.
For our customers: the fish have code 270635 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer