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Cardinal tetra

(Paracheirodon axelrodi)


Category: Fish



Cardinal tetras are native to the Orinoco and Negro Rivers of South America. These colorful fish, with their blaze of iridescent blue underlined by bright red, are popular aquarium fish. In addition to captive breeding programs, cardinal tetras are also sourced from sustainable fisheries in Barcelos, Brazil, a system which allows local people to make a living while acting as environmental stewards (instead of turning to environmentally destructive practices for survival).




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Characiformes
Family - Characidae
Genus - Paracheirodon
Species - P. axelrodi

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