English : Longfin tetra
French : Tétra africain à longues nageoires
Class : Teleostei
Order : Characiformes
Family : Alestidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach 12.5 cm in length. Body is oval-shaped and laterally compressed. Coloration silvery with a yellow (sometimes red) area going from mid-flanks to upper tail peduncle. Elongated black spot from tail peduncle to tail fin margin.
Range and habitat
The species is found in drainages of Atlantic coast of Africa, from Gambia to DR Congo. Occurs in upper and lower river courses, estuarine areas and brackish waters. Only Brycinus-related species to occur in small river courses.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : Despite being harvested for aquarium trade and food, the species remains common in its large range and suffers no current threat.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
Back to “African characins” page