Genus Erythrinus

Erythrinus erythrinus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)


Erythrinus erythrinus (Orange Belly Wolf Fish), image by Paul Barrow


Erythrinus erythrinus (Red Wolf Fish), image by Paul Barrow

Synonyms:  Erythrinus brevicauda, Erythrinus salmoneus, Synodus erythrinus
Common Name: Orange Belly Wolf Fish
Other Common Names:  Rainbow High Fin Wolf Fish, Red Wolf Fish
Family: Erythrinidae
Continent: South America
Distribution: Argentina, Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
Habitat: freshwater lakes & rivers
Food: small live food and dried food
Water Temperature: 24-28C
Water Chemistry: pH 5.5-7.5
FBAS Size:    Males [180mm]    Females [180mm]
FBAS Class:   C
Temperament: aggressive; not to be trusted with other fish fish
Aquarium Size: 90cm or longer
Gender Differences: females plumper
Breeding: a challenge; egglayer 
Additional Information: A very common fish throughout its range. They live in holes in the river banks and under protective structures in more open spaces. For some reason the noise from outboard motors make jump out of the water, many ending up in the boat.

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