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Family: CHARACIDAE, Characins, Tetras, Tetras


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shape variable
fins without spines
usually small adipose D
C forked
jaw teeth = strong, multipointed incisors
< 90 lateral scales

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CHARACIDAE

CHARACINS, TETRAS

Body shape and size highly variable, often highly compressed; fins without spines; usually a small adipose dorsal fin near tail base; jaws with teeth, those strong, multi-cusped, incisor-like; fewer that 90 lateral scales; tail fin forked.

A family of neotropical freshwater fishes with ~175  genera and ~1300 species

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER FAO