Tetra, Bucktooth

Tetra, Bucktooth

Scientific Name: Exodon paradoxus

Status: Data Deficient

Habitat: These fish are found in Amazon and the Tocantin Rivers in Brazil and Guyana.

Diet: These insectivores will also eat the scales off of other fish.

Length: 2.9 inches

Lifespan: 8–10 years

This species namesake buck teeth are specifically designed to pick scales off of other fish. With especially strong jaws, bucktooth tetras have been seen attacking fish whose scales are particularly shiny. Tetras are relatively small fish who fiercely defend their territory, forming schools of eight or more individuals.

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