The large number of names by which this species has been referred to in scientific and other literature indicates the difficulty encountered when dealing with a widely distributed and variable species. The Golden Trahira is unusual for a characoid in that it lacks an adipose fin. Other features include a thick layer of slippery body mucus and an ability to use its swimbladder as an auxiliary respiratory organ. The Golden Trahira is most definitely a fish for the specialist.
Other common name
- Blackband Predator Characin
- Erythrinus unitaeniatus, E. gronovii, E. kessleri, E. salvus, E. vittatus
- Guyana, Paraguay, Trinidad, and Venezuela.
- Up to 16in (40cm).
- Solitary predator; can be kept with larger fish.
- Livefoods, including fish —a factor that needs to be considered prior to obtaining a specimen. May be weaned onto dead/ frozen foods and some chunky commercial diets.
- Large, well covered, well filtered, with hiding places and robust plants recommended. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 72-81 °F (22-27 °C).
- No documented accounts of aquarium breeding currently available.