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 (kăr′ə-sĭd) also char·a·cin (-sĭn)
Any of numerous freshwater fishes of the family Characidae, which includes the tetras.

[From New Latin Characidae, family name, from Greek kharax, kharak-, a kind of sea bream.]


(ˈkærəsɪn) or


(Animals) any small carnivorous freshwater cyprinoid fish of the family Characidae, of Central and South America and Africa. They are similar to the carps but more brightly coloured
[C19: from New Latin Characinidae, from characinus, from Greek kharax a fish, probably the sea bream]


(ˈkær ə sɪn)

also char•a•cid


any freshwater fish of the family Characidae, of Africa and Central and South America.
[1880–85; < French < New Latin Characini a subgeneric group (Linnaeus) « Greek chárax pointed stake, a kind of fish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.characin - any freshwater fish of the family Characinidaecharacin - any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae
cypriniform fish - a soft-finned fish of the order Cypriniformes
Characidae, family Characidae - tropical freshwater fishes of Africa and South America and Central America
tetra - brightly colored tropical freshwater fishes
cardinal tetra, Paracheirodon axelrodi - small bright red and blue aquarium fish from streams in Brazil and Colombia
caribe, pirana, piranha - small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animals
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Usually, terrestrial invertebrates are consumed by visual predators able to swim against the flow to capture drifting food in the water column (drift feeding), a role usually played by small characins in Brazilian streams (Sabino & Castro, 1990; Casatti, 2002).
Given the complexity of characins, 620 species are included within an Incertae Sedis group, including Astyanax representatives (Lima et al.
In quantity terms, aquaculture production has been dominated by species that feed low on the food chain in their natural habitats, such as carp, characins and tilapias.