Tenellus is a new
genus, described by Birindelli (2014) to include,
ternetziand the new speciesN.
christinae. The snout is
constricted, narrowly compressed (gape very small);
dorsal profile concave between tip of snout and posterior
nares. Aquarium Care: Best kept in
groups as they will not do well singularly. Avoid
boisterous or aggressive tankmates as this is a shy
species that will hide out during the day and appear
for food at night under darkness. Provide a dimly
lit tank with floating plants. Diet:
Tubifex, Daphnia, Cyclops. Once
settled in they will take frozen foods, flake and
tablet foods. Etymology: Tenellus
comes from the Latin tener, meaning delicate, in reference
to the delicate appearance of those dorads.
Amazon, Orinoco and Essequibo River basins. Type
Locality: Rio Jurua an affluant of the Amazons.
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2003 Doradidae (Thorny catfishes). p. 456-469. In
R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.)
Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central
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