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Characidae, or Characins/Characids, are a large family of popular fish belonging to the order of Characiformes with over 700 species. This family includes the well known Piranhas and the Neon Tetra. There are 13 sub-families which are:

  • Agoniatinae
  • Aphyocharacinae
  • Bryconinae
  • Characinae
  • Cheirodontinae
  • Clupeacharacinae
  • Glandulocaudinae
  • Iguanodectinae
  • Rhoadsiinae
  • Serrasalminae
  • Stethaprioninae
  • Tetragonopterinae
  • Incertae sedis (unclassified species)