Our animals

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Northern lakes and seas

The ocean

Tropical rivers and lakes

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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

The flooded rainforest

Arowana

The interesting species of the river

Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

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Red piranha

Red piranha

Manuels Piranha

Manuels Piranha

Speckled piranha

Speckled piranha

Banded leporinus

Banded leporinus

Spotted algae eater

Spotted algae eater

Red Terror

Red Terror

Red Atabapo pike cichlid

Red Atabapo pike cichlid

Oscar

Oscar

Oscar

Oscar

Titanic Pleco

Titanic Pleco

Marbled headstander

Marbled headstander

Red-finned Pike Cichlid

Red-finned Pike Cichlid

Green Tiger Pikecichlid

Green Tiger Pikecichlid

Demini Leopard Cactus Pleco

Demini Leopard Cactus Pleco

Tokay gecko

Tokay gecko

Plumed basilisk (between trees upstairs)

Plumed basilisk (between trees upstairs)

Anthony's poison arrow frog

Anthony's poison arrow frog

Golfodulcean poison frog

Golfodulcean poison frog

Sky blue poison dart frog

Sky blue poison dart frog

Yellow-headed Poison Frog

Yellow-headed Poison Frog

Golden poison frog

Golden poison frog

Banded leporinus

Banded leporinus

Facts

LatinLeporinus fasciatus
Size30 cm
FoodCrustaceans, worms, insects and plants
HabitatLakes and rivers
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationThe Amazon basin in South America
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Confusing stripes

The banded leporinus can be recognised by its black stripes. The stripes on its head hide its eyes. This confuses its predators, which can’t distinguish head or tail on the fish, thus enabling it to escape.

Rabbit teeth

The banded leporinus has two long front teeth which it uses to dig snails out of their shells. Hence its scientific name Leporinus, which means “rabbit snout”.


Under the riverbank

River life

The plants in the river

River deep

Armored predators

Conservation of species

California kingsnake

River pool

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi