Aqua Skirt Tetra is a taxidermy preserved fish specimen encased in Lucite. A tetra is one of several species of small freshwater fish from Africa, Central America and South America belonging to the biological family Characidae and to its former subfamilies Alestidae and Lebiasinidae. The Characidae are distinguished from other fish by the presence of a small adipose fin between the dorsal and caudal fins. Many of these, such as the neon tetra , are brightly colored and easy to keep in captivity. Consequently, they are extremely popular for home aquaria.
Tetras generally have compressed, sometimes deep, fusiform bodies. They are typically identifiable by their fins. They ordinarily possess a homocercal caudal fin (a twin-lobbed, or forked, tail fin whose upper and lower lobes are of equal size) and a tall dorsal fin characterized by a short connection to the fish’s body. Additionally, tetras possess a long anal fin stretching from a position just posterior of the dorsal fin and ending on the ventral caudal peduncle, and a small, fleshy adipose fin located dorsally between the dorsal and caudal fins. This adipose fin represents the fourth unpaired fin on the fish. The four unpaired fins include the caudal fin, dorsal fin, anal fin, and adipose fin, lending to the name tetra, which is Greek for four.
These taxidermy preserved fish lucite specimens are great for collectors or as a teaching aid. Aqua Skirt Tetras have been bred from White Skirt Tetras for their coloration.
• You will receive a specimen similar to that shown
• Approximately 2″ overall (different batches my slightly vary in size)