Sinonimi: characin fish | characid
Any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae; SYN. characin fish, characid.
Freshwater fish belonging to the family Characidae. There are over 1,300 species, mostly in South and Central America, but also in Africa. Most are carnivores. In typical characins, unlike the somewhat similar carp family, the mouth is toothed, and there is a small dorsal adipose fin just in front of the tail.
Characins are small fishes, often colorful, and they include tetras and piranhas.
Južnoamerička grabljiva ribica.
LJudožderska riba (Serrasulmus Piraya), duga do 30 cm, koja živi u jatima.