Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Cichlidae (Cichlids)

Genus/species: Satanoperca leucosticta

 GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: An elongated, laterally compressed greenish-yellow to yellow-brown cichlid with a large, rounded head with light spots on the cheek and operculum.  Max. length 15 cm (6 inches).


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 DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: South America: Essequibo River in Guyana and Nickerie River in Suriname.

 DIET IN THE WILD: Common name derived from this fish’s almost constant digging in the sand for prey (insects, crustaceans).

 REPRODUCTION: Fish in this genus are mouth brooders. The parents take turns brooding and spit the fry into the partner’s mouth when their shift is over. 

 CONSERVATION: IUCN Redlist; Not Evaluated.

 REMARKS: Genus name translates as “eartheater.” This common name applies to many species. A small, but popular food fish. 

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