Identification key of Carnegiella marthae:

1. Pectoral region strongly pronounced, pectoral fins elongated and positioned upwards ..............................................................................2

2. Absence of an adipose fin ................................................................3

3. Body with small spots or lines .........................................................4

4. Keel with spots or narrow parallel lines, sometimes with a black border; pectoral fins with a black band; quite deep body; lack of circorbital bones; anal fin with less than 31 rays; maxilla with less than 3 teeth ..........5

5 '. It presents the belly with dark stripes ................Carnegiella marthae

Carnegiella marthae: Peixe-borboleta-branca, Peixe-borboleta-prateada (Brasil), Blackwindged Hatchetfish, Glass Hatchetfish

Description of the species Carnegiella marthae:

Carnegiella marthae Myers, 1927
 
Small species reaching about 3 cm. Light and shiny body, darker on the dorsal part. It has a black band on the abdominal part that runs from the base of the caudal peduncle to the snout.

Carnegiella species are polyptic, which means that two or more distinct populations can be recognized within species concepts, and separated as subspecies.

The species Carnegiella schereri and Carnegiella marthae are so closely related that in the past they were considered only as subspecies of each other. At that time, they were named Carnegiella marthae marthae and Carnegiella marthae schereri. Currently, they have been broken down into two species, which can be easily distinguished by the pattern where Carnegiella schereri always presents the belly with dark spots and Carnegiella marthae shows the belly with darker stripes.

The flying freshwater fish, hatchetfishes (ax fish), are peaceful, interesting fish and live close to the water's surface.
 
Carnegiella marthae: Peixe-borboleta-branca, Peixe-borboleta-prateada (Brasil), Blackwindged Hatchetfish, Glass Hatchetfish
 

 Carnegiella marthae Myers, 1927  

According to FISHBASE:

Kingdom = Animalia ; Phylum = Chordata ; Class = Actinopterygii ; Order = Characiformes ; Family = Gasteropelecidae
; Genus =  Carnegiella.

Distribution: South America: Negro and upper Orinoco River basins.

Size - Maximum Length: 2,8 cm.

Synonyms: Carnegiella marthae, Carnegiella marthae marthae, Carnegiella marthae schereri.

Common name of Carnegiella marthae: Peixe-borboleta-branca, Peixe-borboleta-prateada (Brasil), Blackwindged Hatchetfish, Glass Hatchetfish (EUR).

Carnegiella marthae: Peixe-borboleta-branca, Peixe-borboleta-prateada (Brasil), Blackwindged Hatchetfish, Glass Hatchetfish

Reference: Géry, J., 1977. Characoids of the world. Neptune City ; Reigate : T.F.H. [etc.]; 672 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.

Carnegiella marthae: Peixe-borboleta-branca, Peixe-borboleta-prateada (Brasil), Blackwindged Hatchetfish, Glass Hatchetfish

References:

Heterocharax macrolepis: piaba, tetra violeta, Sardinita, Viherkuultotetra

FISHBASE = https://www.fishbase.de/summary/Carnegiella-marthae

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