TAXONOMY:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fishes),
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Cichlidae (Cichlids).

Genus/species: Heros appendiculatus aka Heros efasciatus

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Compressed body is silvery; five black vertical bars punctuate the lower half of its flanks, a sixth extends to its dorsal fin. Length to 14 cm (5.5 inches).


DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Amazon River basin to Upper Orinoco River drainage in Colombia and Venezuela. Found in lakes, standing water, or slow moving water with copious vegetation.   

DIET: Fruits, seeds, green algae and detritus.  

REPRODUCTION:  Guarders, clutch tenders. Up to 1000 eggs are deposited on flat stones or on roots; both parents participate in caring for eggs and larvae.

CONSERVATION: IUCN Red List; Not Evaluated.

Wild type :wild -type olive green

Turquoise severum (Heros appendiculatus)MG_0179

 

LOCATION: Flooded Amazon Tunnel, AM11

References: 

Ron’s WordPress shortlink: http://wp.me/p1DZ4b-9x

Ron’s flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/8358691491/in/set-72157620568438047/

 fishbase  www.fishbase.org/summary/52199

 Encyclopedia of life  eol.org/pages/203885/details