Orange Tetra

The flame tetra ( Hyphessobrycon flammeus ), also known as the red tetra or Rio tetra , is a small freshwater fish of the characin family Characidae . This tetra was first introduced as aquarium fish in 1920 by C. Bruening, Hamburg , Germany, and formally described in 1924 by Dr. George S. Myers . [1] [2] Today large numbers are bred in captivity and it is common in the aquarium trade, [3] but the remaining wild population in Southeast Brazil is highly threatened. [4] [5]


Cuba produced a postal stamp with an image of H. flammeus in 1978. [6]Cuba produced a postal stamp with an image of H. flammeus in 1978. [6]Today large numbers are bred in captivity and it is common in the aquarium trade. [3] [5] This includes some selectively-bred forms (such as golden, orange and albino ) that differ from the original wild form. [5]

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