Rare tetra help!
I was looking for any info about these tetras I picked up if anyone can help. They were sold as blueberry tetras (not the dyed kind) and supposedly a new or rare type. I think they are awesome looking and would love to see them established in the hobby. Thanks!
I think those are probably an Hyphessobrycon species that has not yet beeen described/named. I happen to have posted a photo and link to a short article on this fish recently, here it is:
According to the article, this species has been around since about 2006. It originates from Peru.
Thanks for the info. The pic from pfk has a little more black than I've seen in person but no doubt the same fish. They do breed fairly easily. I started with 8 and now have 8 babies in a matter of months without even trying to breed them.
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They're very beautiful! I wouldn't mind having a schoal in my tank.
I was also able to find some nice pictures (but no info) under the name, Inpaichthys sp. blueberry, which is what they are calling it in Asia I guess. With the many different names it is hard to find any details.
Here is a link to a brazil page with a little info but not much.
Inpaichthys sp. Blueberry
The pictured fish may be yours, as may be the one pictured in my earlier post. You can also find this fish under the name Hyphessobrycon sp. "blueberry" and whichever may be correct depends upon the person suggesting the genus. Until the fish is scientifically described, the genus is a guess.
To date, the only described species in the genus Inpaichthys is I. kerri which Gery & Junk described in 1977. They erected the genus for this fish on the basis of different characteristics of this species from those in Hyphessobrycon, namely an incomplete lateral line, different dentition and a scaleless caudal fin. This species resembles the Emperor tetra species in Nematobrycon (and one frequently finds it under common names like "Blue Emperor") but Gery determined it was not related.
From its external shape, I would assume your fish is a Hyphessobrycon, or perhaps to be more correct I would assume it is likely not a species in Inpaichthys. Obviously I can't comment on its teeth or fin scaling,:lol: but the lateral line does seem to be present from gills to caudal fin. Hyphessobrycon currently holds well over 100 described species, and all ichthyologists agree that some of these should be reclassified into different genera. Hyphessobrycon is something of a catch-all for species, along with Hemigrammus; the species in these two genera are almost identical in physiology, but the genera are clearly not monophyletic.
Ascertaining the exact name is obviously impossible until the fish is described. As for its care, given that is has been spawned in aquaria and tank-raised fish are now available at least in the UK and Europe (according to that PFK article) and coming from Peru (on which everyone agrees whatever genus they may suggest), water parameters and conditions are fairly easily ascertained.
Those are beautiful fish! I to would love to see them become more widespread in the hobby.
Very nice looking fish. What is their temperament like?
Thanks Byron, I really appreciate the help.
I'm inclined to agree with you about it not being inpaichthys as it does resemble more closely hyphessobrycon. The inconsistency was bothering me but I don't know enough about the scientific differences between them to make an intelligent assesment as to where they belong.
Do you have any recomendations for a comprehensive book on freshwater fish species.....especially tetras?
When I was first getting into fish back in high school (early 90's) I remember a book from the library that described the various types of FW fish but I can't remember what it was called. What I do remember is it had a picture of a beautiful Black Morpho Tetra (poecilocharax weitzmani) before it was described that had been caught with a bunch of cardinals. I guess its that kind of mystery and new discovery is what I have always loved about fishkeeping.
Books on fish are difficult these days, as the classifications are changing so frequently. The knowledge of DNA and cladistics was not available back when many of our fish were initially described, and it is difficult enough to keep up via the internet. But a good reference work on aquarium fish which contains reliable care and maintenance data is the Baensch/Riehl series Aquarium Atlas. There are now six volumes in German, and the first 4 have been published in English; I have 1, 2 and 3. Of course any fish discovered within the last 10 years is not likely to be in these, the originals were published in the 1980's-1990's and aside from amendments to the format (indices, etc ) I don't think they have been significantly revised. Volume 1 contains most of our commonly-seen fish.
Specifically on characins, the only comprehensive work is Jacques Gery's 1977 Characoids of the World. I have this and refer to it regularly, though the methods of classification were very different back in those days. Gery lived up until 2005/6 but never revised the work, probably because he knew it was next to impossible. Many of his hypotheses have subsequently been found true, some not, with the advent of DNA and cladistic analysis. Weitzman has written that a major reclassification of the characidae is needed, but to do this accurately there will have to be significant collections made throughout South America in order to ascertain the species. It is becoming obvious that many of the widespread species have evolved fairly recently (in geological terms) into new species due to their habitat and collectors are now accessing streams that have previously been unexplored.
As one very recent illustration, the commonly-called Black-winged Hatchetfish, scientifically described as Carnegiella marthae by the ichthyologist George Meyers in 1927; the type locality was Venezuela. In 1950, Fernandez-Yepez described a near-identical species, C. schereri, from Peru. [It is probable that some of the Black-winged hatchetfish in the hobby are actually this latter species and not true C. marthae.] But this has suddenly (this year) become even more complicated. The "Black-winged hatchetfish," has for some time been known to be widespread in the Rio Negro floodplain (Brazil). Very recent research (Piggott, et al., 2011) has identified highly differentiated and divergent population groups representing three cryptic species. The authors of this paper suggest that additional collection throughout the basin will be needed to confirm the exact number of species. When you realize that this basin is larger in area than the entire country of France, and much of it is thick jungle that has still be unexplored, you can appreciate the enormity of the task. There are minor external differences in the 3 proposed species but otherwise the fish are identical and clearly evolved from a common ancestor. You can read a bit more in our profile of Carnegiella marthae.
The Serpae Tetra, Hyphessobrycon eques, is widespread over most of the Amazon basin, and there are minor differences in the shoulder patch depending upon the location. Dr. Stanley Weitzman (1997) has suggested that the "species" may be a complex of closely related species that are geographically quite variable and occur over a wide area of Amazonia; it is quite possible that this "species" may actually be several different species, each endemic to specific river basins; this will only be ascertained after collections from many locations have been studied in detail.
Just two examples of many that illustrate why it is so difficult to write a book on the characins.:-)
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