Fish Species

Penguin Fish

Penguin Fish - Description

The Penguin Fish is also known as the Penguin Tetra. It is ideal for beginners as it is hardy and a good community fish. The Penguin Fish also makes a beautiful addition to any tropical freshwater aquarium with its silver body and distinctive wide black stripe. It prefers to be in groups of at least five as it is a schooling species and does best in a heavily planted aquarium.

Popular Name: Penguin Fish
Species: Thayeria boehlkei

Profile of the Penguin Fish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Penguin Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 6.0 to 8.0. Temp 22 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Flaked or Dried Food, Frozen Bloodworms

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Habitat: Freshwater Streams and Rivers

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Amazon and Araguaia Rivers, Peru and Brazil. South America

Scientific Classification of the Penguin Fish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Thayeria boehlkei

  • Popular Name: Penguin Fish - Penguin Tetra

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Characiformes

  • Family: Characidae


Aquarium Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Penguin Fish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi,
Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral.

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