Crenicichla jegui

Crenicichla jegui

Photo Erwin Schraml

Crenicichla jegui Ploeg, 1986

Group: Reticulata?

Distribution: Rocky, fast-flowing clearwater ways of Rio Tocantins (Itupiranga, Breu Branco, Tucurui and Jatobal.)

Type Locality: Itupiranga, Brazil

SIZE: 8-10 inches

Comments: This dorsally compressed fish is adapted to living among rocks in fast-flowing water. A significant portion of its habitat was lost due to flooding caused by the construction of a large reservoir. Unusual amoung Crenicichla in having such a pronounced suborbital stripe and an atrophied swim bladder. As a result, it spends most of its time on the aquarium floor. It is imported occasionally for the aquarium trade and are sold at steep prices. This is a voracious predator capable of swallowing very large prey.

Described in: Beaufortia 36 (5); p 67-80

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