Payara—Hydrolycus tatauaia —(Toledo-Piza, 1999)
As with all members of the genus, H. tatauaia has a laterally compressed body. The greatest body depth occurs between the pectoral and pelvic fins. It's slightly concave head profile and curved predorsal body gives it a humped appearance. In life, H. tatauaia has distinct reddish-orange coloration on its tail.
|Bars and Markings||Colors||Size||Key Characters||Similar Species|
|Dark elongate blotch behind opercule. Reddish-orange caudal fin.||Silvery body, darker along dorsal portion of head and body.||Adults: museum specimens up to almost 1/2 meter (18 inches).||102 - 119 lateral
|Known Range||Behavior Notes||Habitat||Common Names||IGFA records|
|Countries: Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Guyana, Venezuela.
River Basins: Amazon, Madeira, Tapajos, Negro, Branco, Xingu, Orinoco, Essequibo and Rupununi drainages.
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Toledo-Piza, M. 2003. Cynodontidae (Cynodotids). p. 234-237. In: R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil.
Toledo-Piza, M., N.A. Menezes and G.M. Santos. 1999. Revision of the Neotropical fish genus Hydrolycus (Ostariophysi: Characiformes: Cynodontidae) with the description of two new species. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters, 10 (3): 255-280