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Black neon tetra

(Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi)


Category: Fish



These natives of the Paraguay Basin of Brazil are recognizable by the two distinct, longitudinal, adjacent stripes (one white and one black) running from right behind their eye all the way to their tail. They are common aquarium fish that should be kept in groups of at least six or more. The feed only at the surface of the water so captive specimens should be kept with bottom feeders such as corydoras cats, who will gobble up their scraps.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Characiformes
Family - Characidae
Genus - Hyphessobrycon
Species - H. herbertaxelrodi

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Interesting Animal Facts

Hey, Fishlips!

If you’ve ever worn lipstick (or kissed anybody wearing lipstick), you’ve probably had fish scales on your lips. Of course you won’t find “herring scales from commercial fishing hauls” on the ingredients list of your cosmetics - they list it as the regal-sounding “pearl essence” or “pearlescence.” But why? Because the scales of silvery fish that capture and reflect light so beautifully in the water function the same way on your lips. So maybe next time somebody calls you “fish lips,” don’t jump to conclusions too quickly, maybe they mean it as a compliment!

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