Moenkhausia grandisquamis (Müller & Troschel, 1845)
photo by Habluetzel, P.

Family:  Characidae (Characins), subfamily: Incertae sedis
Max. size:  10 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 6 - 6.80000019073486; dH range: 2 - 4
Distribution:  South America: the Guianas and the Amazon basin.
Biology:  It is typical of rapidly flowing waters, in cascades and creeks with sandy-rocky bottoms, where it is very abundant. Can also be found in calm waters. It can escape its predators by effecting dramatic leaps out of the water. It is a gregarious species which swims constantly near the surface of the water, on the look out for its food in the company of Bryconops melanurus (Ref. 12225).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 14.12.97
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 31.10.01
Checked by: Benine, Ricardo C. - 31.10.01

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