South American characins are quite prolific, Baensch has noted that there are over 1000 species of these fish as they are found in the various locations provided by the South American continent. The best known of these are the many species of the tetras.
In addition there are a number of other types that are found for sale in many pet shops for those who are looking for something a bit different in their community aquariums. There are quite a number of them to choose from. Hatchet fish, Headstanders, Leporinus and Anastomus varieties are included in the list of South American Characins. Species Table:
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