Crenicara punctulata, Günther, 1863
Origin: Brazil, Equador, Guyana and Peru.
Etymology: punctulata: (pointed/spotted?)
Synonyms: Acara punctulata, Aequidens hercules, Aequidens madeirae, Crenicara elegans.
First European import: Unk(1975?)
Description:See pictures. The adults show less pronounced spots. There is also a lila glow on the body in adults.
Care: Rather difficult fish to keep. Wildcaught fish are usually very shy, but when bred in an aquarium most of this shyness disappears. Still densely planted tanks are recommended, as well as the combination with dither fish.
Feeding: Carnivorous, the fish do not accept flake food.
Size: Up to 12 cm
Breeding: Has been bred in aquaria, although no breeding report is available.
Sexual dimorphism: Males are more colorful.
Picture references:All pictures E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
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