Spilurus/Iguana Tetra Iguanodectes spilurus

Spilurus or Iguana Tetra
Spilurus or Iguana Tetra
Spilurus or Iguana Tetra
This is one of 3 species claiming the name "Spilurus Tetra" and it is also called the Slender Tetra, the Green Line Lizard Tetra and the Iguana Tetra, the last one from the genus name and the others through a combination of taxonomic name and appearance. The other claimants are Crenuchus spilurus, the Sailfin Tetra, and Ctenobrycon spilurus, the Silver Tetra, one of the Silver Dollar species. The Iguana Spilurus is native to a wide area of waterways including the upper through to lower Amazon and Orinoco river basins. It has a silvery or translucent, sometimes greenish-grey, body with one or one and a half yellow or orange lateral lines bordered with black. It grows to a maximum of 10cm long, but usually less, and is a fast swimmer.