Crenicichla saxatilis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ringtail pike cichlid
Abarwa,  Adoko,  Adonko,  Alampa,  Alampipi,  Angoumot,  Datra fisi,  Kolopimpé,  Marann,  Matalé,  Mataouri,  Matawalé,  Matawari,  Ngoumote,  Ououta,  Ourouta,  Poisson-madame,  Uruta,  Yakounan
Crenicichla saxatilis
photo by Dubosc, J.

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Cichlinae
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; 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. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from the Maroni, Mana, Sinnamary, Kourou, Comté, Approuague and Oyapock rivers. Also Ref. 26372, 27188, 35237.

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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