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Wild About Illinois Fishes!

Family Characidae - Characin Family [nonnative]

These fishes are found primarily in Central and South America and Africa. Most of the species are small in size. They have an adipose fin and teeth on the jaws. They are popular aquarium fishes.

pirapatinga (Piaractus brachypomus) [nonnative]

Features and Behaviors

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Illinois Range


​Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family Characidae

Illinois Status: common, nonnative