Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes
(Characins) > Characidae
(Characins) > Incertae sedis
Etymology: Pristella: Greek, pristis = saw, diminutive (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: ? - 35. Tropical; 24°C - 28°C (Ref. 1672)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 38376)
Humeral spot round and small, about the size of the pupil; the dorsal fin black spot is over lined with white and underlined with yellow, color patterns of pelvic and anal fins are symmetrical; adipose fin is hyaline (Ref. 12225).
South America: Amazon, Orinoco, and coastal river drainages of the Guianas.
Gregarious and non-aggressive. Occur in calm coastal waters (Ref. 27188); in densely vegetated swamps. Feed on worms, small crustaceans and insects (Ref. 7020). Are popular among aquarists because of their robustness, peaceful character, and delicate colors (Ref. 12225). Reproduction is easily carried out, 300 to 400 eggs are obtained per spawn (Ref. 27188). Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539).
Weitzman, S.H. and L. Palmer, 1997. A new species of Hyphessobrycon (Teleostei: Characidae) from Neblina region of Venezuela and Brazil, with comments on the putative 'rosy tetra clade'. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 7(3):209-242.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Aquaculture: commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01072 (0.00433 - 0.02654), b=3.06 (2.85 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm<1).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .