Austrolebias bellottii (Steindachner, 1881)
Argentine pearlfish
Austrolebias bellottii
photo by Cada, L.A.

 Family:  Rivulidae (Rivulines)
 Max. size:  7 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 1 years
 Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 7; dH range: 5 - 8, non-migratory
 Distribution:  South America: Lower ParanĂ¡ and Uruguay River basins.
 Biology:  Seasonal toothcarp living in waters that dry up during the dry season. The adult fishes die but the eggs survive in the mud and hatch in the next rainy season. Feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects (Ref. 7020). Bottom spawner, 4 months incubation. Is easy to maintain in the aquarium (Ref. 27139).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   

 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.11.91
 Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 23.03.01
 Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 14.02.94

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