SCIENTIFIC NAME / FAMILY / GENDER
Cichla Intermedia, Cichlidae
It is found in the Orinoco River (Colombia and Venezuela), and in Venezuela it also inhabits the Caura, Cinaruco rivers, in the Serrapio rapids, in the Casiquiare and Parguaza. In Brazil they are found in the upper Rio Negro.
Color: In the upper half the tone is olive green to dark greenish gray, the lower half is intense yellow to orange, highlighting an oblique lateral band, and that becomes thinner as it approaches the caudal peduncle. This oblique horizontal band is discontinuous in adult specimens, however it can be fully appreciated in young specimens. This band is crossed by 7 or 10 irregular vertical bars, and not all of them are always visible. In the caudal fin it has one or two ocelli located in the upper half of it. The one below is larger and is always visible, both are black surrounded by a white circle. The ventral and anal fins are orange. The iris is red.
Size: 55 cm
Adult males develop a hump on their head, which indicates their state of heat, using it in fights with other males.
IDEAL CONDITIONS WATER HABITAT
||6.0 – 6.5
||24 ° – 27 ° C.
ETHOLOGY OF FISH
It is a great predator of fish. Its lateral line is highly developed, which allows it to capture the slightest vibration. His sense of smell is also highly developed.