Adonis tetra

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Adonis tetra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Alestidae
Genus: Lepidarchus
T. R. Roberts, 1966
Species: L. adonis
Binomial name
Lepidarchus adonis
T. R. Roberts, 1966[1]

The Adonis tetra (Lepidarchus adonis) also known as the jellybean tetra, is a very small African fish of the family Alestidae.[2] It is the only member of its genus.

Range[edit]

Lepidarchus adonis is native to freshwater habitats near the Atlantic coast in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Côte d'Ivoire.

Size[edit]

The Adonis tetra can reach 2.1 cm long, smaller than the neon tetra, and is one of the smallest fish normally kept in aquaria.

Conservation status[edit]

The IUCN red list lists the Adonis tetra as being vulnerable (2010). There is considerable cause for concern because of the increasing levels of pollution in the waterways it inhabits.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IUCN Red List: http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Lepidarchus adonis" in FishBase. October 2011 version.
  3. ^ Mercury pollution in Pra River: http://www.gradualchange.com/showabstract.php?pmid=16243381

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