The Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) is a small freshwater fish in the Characidae family of tetras.
The Lemon Tetra has a flat body between an oval-shape and a diamond-shape. It is translucent silvery lemon in colour. Its dorsal (back) fin and anal (bottom) fin have black and yellow margins. It has large eyes, and the upper part of its iris is bright red.
It grows to about 5 centimetres (2 inches) in length.
It is native to the Amazon River in South America. It prefers clear, tropical, shallow waters.
The Lemon Tetra feeds on worms and aquatic plants.
The female lays her eggs among aquatic plants, where most of them fall to the bottom of the river. She lays about 300 eggs, but many are eaten. They hatch after 3 days. The young are called fry. The fry gain their lemon and black colouring after about 84 days.
It lives, on average, for about 6 years.
[Location of photographs:Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM