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Tropical freshwater

Tropical freshwater

STREAKED M’BUNA

STREAKED M’BUNA

Pseudotropheus zebra (Boulanger, 1899)

Geographic origin: Lake Malawi in Africa

Good to know: Its name means “stone hitter” because it finds his food by hitting the fallen rock of Malawi Lake. This species protects its progeny very attentively because the female will keep about thirty eggs in the warmth in her mouth for almost 21 days!

RAIE MOTORO

RAIE MOTORO

Potamotrygon motoro ( Müller & Henle, 1841)

Geographical origin: South America

Anecdote: it has one or two spines containing a very powerful venom on the tail. This explains its common name in France : the common sting ray.

PIRANHA

PIRANHA

Pygocentrus nattereri (Kner, 1858)

Geographic origin: South America, Amazonian pools: from Paraguay to Panama, through the north of Brazil

Good to know: Famous for his voracious appetite, the Piranha mainly hunts fish. It’s only dangerous for man in summer period, when the water level is the lowest.

ALLIGATOR FISH

ALLIGATOR FISH

Atractosteus spatula (Lacepède, 1803)

Geographic origin: from North America, Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico and Florida.

Good to know: It’s a primitive species because it hasn’t really evolved since it appeared on earth nearly 100 million years ago. It is perfectly formed for hunting and its thick scales make it an excellent predator.