Language English Tropical Rainforest Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing features The conical head of the leporinus ends in a small mouth. It varies in colour, and young specimens have five black transversal lines on a yellow background, while adults have ten or more such lines on an orange background. The muzzle and throat of the male are often orangey or blood red. Reproduction Spawning occurs at the start of the rainy season. The female lays her eggs on vegetation. These fish do not appear to reach sexual maturity when kept in an aquarium. Diet Although the species is omnivorous, these fish prefer to feed on plants. Predators Their enemies are birds and other fish. Humans also damage the species by discharging toxic waste into waterways (mining and forestry industries) and by catching them for sale to aquarists. Habitat Ordinarily, they live in schools in fresh watercourses. They are found in shallow stagnant water, amongst dense vegetation and in small, slow-moving watercourses with sandy bottoms. These fish are found throughout South America, from the Orinoco River to the Plata basin. Ecology, behaviour These active fish are sociable and peaceful if kept in small groups. They are able to jump out of the water. They usually swim with their heads angled downward, adopting a horizontal position only when they are swimming very quickly. They are bottom feeders. French nameLeporinus à bandes Scientific nameLeporinus fasciatusPhylumChordataClassOsteichthyes (bony fish)OrderCharaciformesFamilyAnostomidaeSizeLength in captivity: 15 to 20 cm; length in the wild: 25 to 30 cm or moreStatusCommon species, exploited commercially for sale to aquarists.