Latest Cichlasomatinae Stories

2010-10-29 18:57:15

Few fish are famed for their parenting skills. Most species leave their freshly hatched fry to fend for themselves, but not discus fish. Jonathan Buckley from the University of Plymouth, UK, explains that discus fish young feed on the mucus that their parents secrete over their bodies until they are big enough to forage. 'The parental care that they exhibit is very unusual,' says Buckley. Intrigued by the fish's lifestyle, Buckley's PhD advisor, Katherine Sloman, established a collaboration...

2010-09-20 10:28:37

Caring for children can be a tough job, particularly if you are a female cichlid fish. Native to the crater lakes of Nicaragua, cichlid fish look after their young by defending them against would-be predators. While male and female cichlid fish generally share parental responsibilities, research shows that this is not always the case. Conducted by an international team of researchers that included two biologists from Monash University, and published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and...

2009-12-14 12:13:56

If you are spending the holidays with big Uncle Frank or bossy Aunt Minnie and wondering whether you would be better off with another family, spare a thought for the humble cichlid fish. A research team from McMaster University and the University of New South Wales has found that among cichlids, a species that lives in groups, members make strategic decisions about their living situation. The results appear in the current issue of Biology Letters. The helper class of cichlids showed a...

Latest Cichlasomatinae Reference Libraries

2009-01-17 17:55:07

The Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciata) is a species of freshwater fish that is found across North and Central America (from Mexico south to the Honduras). Its common name is likened to that of the famous 1920s boxer Jack Dempsey, because of its strong facial features and aggressive nature. It is found in slow-moving waters, such as areas that are swampy, weedy, murky, and/or warm. It is common in sand-bottom canals, drainage ditches, and rivers. This species has been introduced to Australia,...

2007-03-28 15:23:33

Sometimes known as the Lyretail cichlid or Fairy cichlid, Neolamprologus brichardi is a species of cichlid, endemic to the clear, hard waters of Lake Tanganyika in east central Africa. It was first exported to North America in 1971 by Pierre Brichard and has since become a favorite of aquarium hobbyists because of its elegant looks, ease in breeding and unusual behavior. Its appearance is generally a light tan ranging from almost white to dark tan with long flowing fins. The outer edges of...

2007-03-28 15:22:20

Parachromis is a genus of freshwater fishes from the family Cichlidae. The genus contains 5 species and is limited in its distribution to Central America. Some species occur in Lake Nicaragua and Lake Managua. All species are large and predatory. Parachromis friedrichsthalii has a unusual hunting mechanism. The species has been observed to lie immobile near the bottom, feigning death. When smaller fish approach and attempt to pick at the dead fish, P. friedrichsthalii ambush the smaller...

2007-03-28 15:21:19

The Poor man's tropheus, Neetroplus nematopus, is a species of fish in the family Cichlidae, the only species in the genus Neetroplus. It is a small-medium sized cichlid growing to a length of 4.72 in (12 cm); it occurs in the Central American rift lakes (Lake Kiloa, Lake Managua, Lake Masaya and Lake Nicaragua) and riverine habitats on the Atlantic coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Like most Central American cichlids the species is commonly found in hard, alkaline (pH 7.5) water. Its diet...

2007-03-26 18:43:09

The Texas cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus, formerly Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum) is a freshwater fish of the cichlid family. Also known as Rio Grande cichlid, this species is originated from the lower Rio Grande drainage in Texas and Northeastern Mexico, particular on the sandy bottom of deep rivers. This is the only cichlid species native to the United States. The Texas cichild has a large grayish high-backed body with bright blue scales and two dark spots, one at the center of the body...

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