Nannostomus espei

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Barred pencilfish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Lebiasinidae
Genus: Nannostomus
Species: N. espei
Binomial name
Nannostomus espei
Meinken, 1956

Nannostomus espei, commonly known as Espe's pencilfish or barred pencilfish, is a freshwater species of fish belonging to the Lebiasinidae family of characins.[1] It was first described in 1956 by Herman Meinken from the Mazaruni River system in Guyana and to date this is its only known location.[2] It is notable amongst the genus in that the dominant body pattern consists of five broad, comma-like patches instead of the more normal horizontal stripes seen in the rest of the genus.


  1. ^ "ITIS report Nannostomus espei TSN 163103". Retrieved Feb 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fishbase report Nannostomus espei". Retrieved Feb 17, 2012.