Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Feeds on worms, small insects and crustaceans (Ref. 7020). Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539).
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Distribution

South America: Orinoco River basin.
  • 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. (Ref. 38376)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=38376&speccode=10622 External link.
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Orinoco River basin, Colombia.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 40 mm ---
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Max. size

3.2 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 38376))
  • 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. (Ref. 38376)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=38376&speccode=10622 External link.
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Type Information

Holotype for Hyphessobrycon sweglesi
Catalog Number: USNM 196090
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): K. Swegles
Year Collected: 1960
Locality: Upper Amazon, Surroundings of "Leticia" (Columbian District), Colombia, South America
  • Holotype: Gery, J. 1961. Tropical Fish Hobbyist. 9 (9): 36, 7.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 5.5 - 7.5; dH range: 20
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Trophic Strategy

Feeds on worms, small insects and crustaceans.
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Diseases and Parasites

Eustrongylides Disease. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hyphessobrycon sweglesi

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 20
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
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Wikipedia

Hyphessobrycon sweglesi

Hyphessobrycon sweglesi is a species of tetra that live in the Orinoco River drainage basin in South America.[1] The fish has a round black spot behind the gill-plate, a black band on the dorsal fin that is bordered above and below by creamy-white. The other fins are red same as the upper rim of the eye.[2] The fish eats worms, small insects, and crustaceans.[1] The species can lay up to 400 eggs that can hatch in a day and that are susceptible to fungus. The species' appearance is very similar to Hyphessobrycon megalopterus (black phantom tetra). The species' scientific name used to be Megalamphodus sweglisi and the species' common name is red phantom tetra.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hyphessobrycon sweglesi (Géry, 1961) Red phantom tetra". FishBase. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  2. ^ McInerny, Derek; Geoffry Gerard (1989). All About Tropical Fish (4th ed.). Great Britain: Harrap Limited. p. 248. ISBN 0-8160-2168-6. 
  3. ^ "Red Phantom Tetra Information". Tropical Fish Aquariums. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
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