Kingdom: Animalia
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


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