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Trochilocharax ornatus: the crystal rainbow tetra gets an official description

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Trochilocharax ornatus is the new official name of a new Peruvian tetra which was first imported for the aquarium trade by Aquarium Glasser in Germany. For a while this beautiful Characin was thought to belong to the genus Heterocharax or Tyttocharax but it was described into a genus that was erected just for this species, Trochilocharax. In the aquarium trade T. ornatus is being called the crystal rainbow tetra or the orange-tailed glass tetra. A male crystal rainbow tetra is pictured above, and there’s a picture of a female after the break. For more information visit Aquarium Glasser and the German description of the Crystal Rainbow Tetra is available in pdf.


  1. I wish I had a nice school in my aquascape tank

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