Ron Looi's Peacock Bass Page

"If I am allowed to catch only one fish, let it be the Pavon"


Cichla temensis - the largest of the genus

The Peacock bass (Cichla spp.), a native of tropical South America is in actual fact a cichlid. Called the Pavon or Tucunare in their homeland, they gained the common name because of their basslike shape and peacock feather `eyes' on the caudal fin.

Considered by many to be the world's greatest freshwater game fish, this magnificent and largest member of the Cichlidae family has been successfully introduced into Central America, Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and Guam for sport fishing. The current IGFA World Record rod and line capture 27 pounds fish caught in Rio Negro, Brazil, by Oklahoman, Gerald `Doc' Lawson. The charm of the Peacock bass was made known to the world through an article in TIME Magazine entitled The New Fishing Frontier.

Peacock bass has been bred in captivity for some years now in Taiwan and Indonesia mainly for the aquarium trade. Some ponds in Malaysia and one reservoir in Singapore was known to have been either intentionally or unwittingly stocked with fish that were originally imported for the aquarium.

Fish sold as Cichla ocellaris in the aquarium trade may turn out to beCichla orinocensis or the smaller Cichla monoculas.

Project Peacock

My pet project for the study and development of Peacock bass as a gamefish in Malaysia.
Any exchange of information on this fish is greatly appreciated!

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  • Pockets of Peacock - Peru (Larry Larsen)
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  • Brazil's Aquatic Ambassador (Andy Hahn)
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  • Proud as a Peacock (Vic Dunaway)
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  • International Peacock Bass Forum (Hosted by TFW)
  • Young Tuc' (young Grande Peacock)
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  • Larry Larsen's Outdoors
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  • Amazon Tours Inc.
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  • Mark Sosin's Saltwater Journal
  • Fishinternet Australia
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