The genus name Hyphessobrycon can be broken down into two ancient Greek words. Hyphesson means “a little smaller” and “bryko” means biter. Together they form the genus name “Small Biter”.


The species of this genus live in Central and South America from Mexico to Argentina. Many of these species are popularly referred to as Tetras.

New species and subdivision

Further research into this genus will probably lead to a division into several genus names. So far, about 6 groups have been recognized that may one day be split off. New species are regularly described.

Hyphessobrycon eques – Juwel Tetra

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