The genus Neolebias contains 12 species of small tetra from western Africa. Neolebias trewavasae attains a maximum length of about 5 cm and is one of the largest members of the genus. Sadly the species is only very rarely available in the trade, so we are glad that we could import them now once more from Cameroon.
The regular coloration of the pretty fish reminds one strongly in the coloration of the South American tetras of the genus Nematobrycon and Impaichthys, the emperor tetras. The quiet and grave swimming behaviour is also very similar in both groups. This is the reason why we suggest the common name “African Emperor tetra” for the species. But a real royal outfit get the fish in breeding condition. The males become deep red then. Sadly we have no picture of that coloration on our own, but in fishbase such a picture can be seen: http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/PicturesSummary.php?ID=11255&what=species
For our customers: the animals have code 154654 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Neolebias: means “new Lebias”; Lebias is another genus of fish. trewavasae: dedidaction name for Ethelwynn Trewavas (1900-1993).
Suggestion of a common name: African Emperor tetra
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
|Angaben zum Tier|
|Herkunft||Kamerun / Cameroon|
|Verfügbare Größe in cm||4-5|