Hyphessobrycon serpae – the mystery solved

By Heiko Bleher

…I had been able to collect and photograph all other Rosy Tetras, those described and the ones placed in synonymy, such as Hyphessobrycon callistus, and Hyphessobrycon eques from the type locality in 2004, which I published for the first time is in Bleher’s Discus volume 1 (page 317). In that year (2004) I researched rivers and lakes up and down the Amazon – over 10 000 km in boats and on land – with my wife Natasha Khardina looking for old type locations of fishes. We finally found Lago Maximo east of Parintins from where the famous Austrian ichthyologist Steindachner described Hyphessobrycon eques, also Durban’s Hyphessobrycon bentosi at the type locality near Óbidos but no one knew the locality Serpa and Hyphessobrycon serpae was missing…

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