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Semaprochilodus insignis, Flagtail Prochilodus. Aaron Norman

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Known as the "Flannel-mouth Characins," these are large, athletic fishes that migrate long distances to spawn, making leaps of up to several meters to clear obstacles blocking their route. Their large lips can be extended to form a sucking disk.


Native range:

Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: Flannel-mouth Characiforms

Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 0 0
Genera 3 1
Species 21 1

Captive care: Need large aquariums with ample swimming room.

Feeding: Detritivores in the wild, eating vegetation, organic wastes and small invertebrates.

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  • Semaprochilodus

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Reference: Fishes of the World
Image credit: AN
Text credit: JSN
Facts about ProchilodontidaeRDF feed
Biogroup-Organism Freshwater Fishes  +
Common name Flannel-mouth Characiforms  +
Family taxonomic rank Family  +
Image credit AN  +
Native range South America  +
Reference Fishes of the World  +
Text credit JSN  +