ANIMAL:Black-Banded Leporinus Leporinus fasciatus
Type of Animal:
Benthic layer of fast-flowing creeks/streams in river basins, tropical rivers (especially fast-flow rivers), flooded forests, fast-moving rocky waters, sandy riverbeds, rocky riverbeds, main river channels, smaller tributaries, oxbows, ponds, lakes
N & C South America
Yellow to beige w/ black stripes, sometimes w/ orange markings on head/tail fin, torpedo-shaped, older fish have more bands, females plumper than males
Algae, plant matter, vegetables, shoots, leaves, worms, crustaceans, larvae, insects, fish, fruit, small snails
Status in Wild:
Schools of 6-30 fish
1.5 daysLife Span:
Male: 6-9 in
Female: 8-12 in
Fairly popular in aquarium trade but extremely difficult to breed.
Also called Banded Headstander, Many-Banded Leporinus, Banded Leporinus, Striped Leporinus, & Eight-Banded Leporinus
Juveniles only have 5 bands-as they grow, 1 band splits in 2 every year.
Get headstander name due to positioning themselves w/ heads down in crevices.
Males tend to the eggs.
Spawn in densely vegetated areas.
Reach maturity at 2-3 years old.
These fish will jump if startled.
Name “Leporinus” of French origin meaning “little hare” due to hare-like front teeth.