Crenicichla saxatilis male

Crenicichla saxatilis pair

Crenicichla saxatilis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Group: Saxatilis

Distribution: Coastal river drainages of the Guyanas (Guyana, Surinam, French Guyana) and the coastal rivers between the Amazon delta and French Guyana in Brazil.

Type Locality: Carolina Creek (Malasie), Suriname River System.

Size: 10-12 inches

Comments: Frequently imported. This is a highly variable species with numerous silvery-white spangling on the sides near the humeral blotch and caudal peduncle. Females have fewer spangling. The upper half of the humeral spot closest to the eye has a notch or gap. It can be a very aggressive aquarium resident but it is also easily induced to spawn.

Described in: Linnaeus, C., Systema Naturae, Editio 10, Stockholm 1; p 278-279.
Redescribed by Ploeg in 1986 - Occurrence and Variability of Crenicichla saxatilis (Linnaeus, 1758) in Suriname, and restriction of its type locality (Pisces, Perciformes, Cichlidae) Bijdragen tot de Dierkunde 56 (1):47 - 59 1986.

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