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see characincharacin
or characid
, common name for members of the Characidae, a large and diverse family comprising 700 species of freshwater fishes. The characins are related to the carp and the catfish. They are found in Africa and in tropical America, especially in the Amazon.
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19, photos only) "Characid 1 and Characid 2 lower Station 9" (aquarium); (according to photos, probably only one species).
Behavior in an intermediate population of the subterranean-dwelling characid Astyanax fasciatus.
Characid fishes generally possess bony projections in their fin rays, which are generally spiny and are most commonly present in the anal, but also often in the pelvic, and, more rarely, in the dorsal, pectoral, and caudal fins (Malabarba & Weitzman 2003).