piranha

Pristobrycon careospinus

Fink and Machado-Allison, 1992


Holotype, photo used with permission

Historical names:
Pristobrycon careospinus
Three new species of piranhas from Brazil and Venezuela (Teleostei: Characiformes). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 3 (no. 1): 55-71. El Loro lagoon, Rio Atabapo, 1 kilometer from San Fernando De Atabapo, Estado Amazonas, Venezuela, 4degr00'N, 67degr50'W. Holotype (unique): MBUCV-V-8145.

Locality:
Atabapo River in Orinoco River basin: Venezuela. Black waters.

Size:
Holotype is preadult (Fink and Machado-Allison, 1992)

Identification:

  • First dorsal spine erect and high
  • Large dark ovate spots
  • No preanal spine
  • Other characters:

  • Large dark ovate spots on the body diminishing towards ventral area.
  • Red fins and adipose with reddish border
  • Copyrighted by Ivan Mikolji (www.mikofish.com)

    Credits and references:

  • Three new species of piranhas from Brazil and Venezuela (Teleostei: Characiformes). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 3 (no. 1): 55-71. - Fink and Machado-Allison
  • Catalogo de ejemplares tipos en la coleccion de peces del Museo de Biologia de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. (MBUCV-V). Acta Biologica Venezuelica v. 18 (no. 1): 1-24. - Provenzano, F. , A. Marcano, and P. Mondaca 1998
  • Los peces caribes de Venezuela: una aproximacion a su estudio taxonomico. Biblioteca de la Academia de Cieancias Fisicas, Mathematics y Naturales, Caracas. v. 62 (no. 1): 35-88. - Machado-Allison, A. 2002
  • Check list of the freshwater fishes of South and Central America. CLOFFSCA. Check list of the freshwater fishes of South and Central America. CLOFFSCA. 2003: i-xi + 1-729. - Reis, R. E. , S. O. Kullander, and C. J. Ferraris, Jr. 2003
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine November 2008 article by Ivan Mikolji - Read full article about this expedition by Ivan Mikolji here





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