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Erythrinidae

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Characiformes
Scientific name  Erythrinidae
Rank  Family
Phylum  Chordata
Superfamily  Erythrinoidea
Higher classification  Characiformes
Erythrinidae Characiformes Erythrinidae Trara Hoplias malabaricus Flickr
Lower classifications  Hoplias malabaricus, Hoplias aimara

The Erythrinidae are a family of fishes found in rivers and other freshwater habitats from Costa Rica south as far as Argentina. They are common and are caught with hooks by fishermen, partially because of their voracious behaviour. They are sometimes called trahiras or tarariras.

Erythrinidae Panoramio Photo of Hoplias sp Erythrinidae

The Erythrinidae include cylindrical fish with blunt heads, and prey on other fish. They can reach lengths up to 90 cm (35 in). Some species can breathe air, enabling them to survive in water low in oxygen, and even to move over land between ponds.

Erythrinidae Characiformes Erythrinidae Fisheries Media Gallery

Species

The 16 species are contained in three genera:

  • Erythrinus
  • Hoplerythrinus
  • Hoplias - giant trahiras

  • Erythrinidae ERYTHRINIDAE TRAHIRAS FAUNA PARAGUAY
    Erythrinidae Characiformes Erythrinidae Trara Hoplias malabaricus Flickr
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    References

    Erythrinidae Wikipedia


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