Classification Order: Characiformes Family: Alestidae Distribution It seems that this species was exported from Kinshasa, which is the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is highly likely that it is native to the Congo river system and its surrounding areas, specifically in the vicinity of the city. However, both its identity and the complete […]
During the early part of the last decade of the 20th century the scientific name Micralestes to describe this species became more popular than Phenacogrammus. As the new millennium approached, however, Phenacogrammus seemed to come back into fashion. The main contributing factor to this confusion is the considerable overlap in certain characteristics between the two genera. The main distinguishing feature between the two is that in Phenacogrammus the lateral line is incomplete, while in Micralestes it is complete (although this distinction is not infallible since, in some Micralestes, the lateral line can also be incomplete). Whatever its true identity, the species is an elegant fish that looks splendid when kept in appropriate conditions and in a small shoal.
The characins are a large group of freshwater fishes found in South and Central America and Africa. They are characterized by the Weberian Apparatus (the linkage of bones between the swimbladder and the inner ear) that allows them to hear high frequency sounds.