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Paracheirodon axelrodi  (Schultz, 1956)

Cardinal tetra

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Paracheirodon axelrodi
Picture by Prins, E.


Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes (Characins) > Characidae (Characins) > Incertae sedis
Etymology: Paracheirodon: Greek, para = the side of + Greek, cheir = hand + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).


Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic; pH range: 4.0 - 6.0; dH range: 5 - 12; non-migratory.   Tropical; 23°C - 27°C (Ref. 1672)


Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 38376)


Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

South America: Upper Orinoco and Negro River basins.


Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs mainly in shoals in the middle water layers. Feeds on worms and small crustaceans (Ref. 7020). Breeding in captivity is possible but difficult and most specimens in the aquarium trade are caught in the tributaries of the Rio Negro and Orinoco. Eggs hatch in 24 to 30 hours and fry are free-swimming after 3 to 4 days in captivity (Ref. 7020). One of the most popular and beautiful aquarium fishes. Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539).


Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Lima, F.C.T., L.R. Malabarba, P.A. Buckup, J.F. Pezzi da Silva, R.P. Vari, A. Harold, R. Benine, O.T. Oyakawa, C.S. Pavanelli, N.A. Menezes, C.A.S. Lucena, M.C.S.L. Malabarba, Z.M.S. Lucena, R.E. Reis, F. Langeani, C. Moreira et al. ?, 2003. Genera Incertae Sedis in Characidae. p. 106-168. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil.


IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans






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