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Matrinxa

Matrinxa
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Also known as:

Sabalo

Matrixa

Common Group Name:

Characins Piranhas Tetras

Family Name:

Characiformes

Genus Name:

Brycon

Species Name:

Brycon falcatus


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of these fish are greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • A deep bodied species with silver scales and a black chevron shaped pattern on the tail.
  • Matrinxa are an omnivorous fish with sturdy molar-like teeth they use to feed on fruit, invertebrates or smaller fishes.

Fish Distribution:

  • The matrinxa is endemic to the Amazon and Orinoco River Basins as well as rivers in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in South America.
  • Juvenile matrinxa occur in backwaters and side streams, while the largest adult fish often frequent mid river structures adjacent to areas of high water flow.

Fish Size Common Length:

Common between 20-30 cm, maximum size around 50 cm and 2-3 kg.