Crenicichla saxatilis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ringtail pike cichlid
photo by Dubosc, J.

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Cichlinae
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 7; dH range: 10
Distribution:  South America: Atlantic coast drainages of Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela and Trinidad.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Often found in creeks, but sometimes captured in rivers, specially during the dry season. A formidable predator; it consumes essentially aquatic insects, fish and plant material. Not very popular among aquarists because of its aggressive behavior (Ref. 27188).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.08.94
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 15.07.13
Checked by: Kullander, Sven O. - 22.11.01

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