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(sĭk`lĭd), common name for members of the family Cichlidae, several hundred species of spiny-finned freshwater fishes of moderate or small size, native to Africa, S Asia, Mexico, and Central and South America. Cichlids are found in tropical waters. The larger species are food fish of some importance, and small species are popular as aquarium fish. Cichlids are noted for the care they give their young; the eggs are laid in a basin hollowed in the sand and, until they hatch, are stored in the mouth of either the male or the female, depending on the species. Cichlids are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Cichlidae.


See study by G. W. Barlow (2000).


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At North Side, customers can expect to find all sorts of fresh and saltwater fish, including African cichlids.
Biological versatility, evolution and food resource exploitation in African cichlids fishes.
The animal lineages include cicindelid beetles, Hawaiian Drosophila, North American Daphnia, Caribbean Anolis lizards, African cichlids, British Columbian sticklebacks and other lake fishes, Old World fruitbats, New World monkeys, post-Gondwanaland marsupials, and post-paleozoic echinoids.
Sebastes rockfishes of the California Current region of the northeast Pacific Ocean also have a large number of species that, like the African cichlids, are similar in general body plan but nonetheless display great diversity in color, ecology, and behavior.
And there's plenty of running water; from the colorful tile "waterfall" that greets visitors in the foyer to the pyramid-shaped oriental fountain in the living room to the huge aquarium filled with African cichlids that separates the foyer and the enclosed patio.
When East African cichlids were evaluated, the bmp4 gene could be found mainly associated with species that have undergone a rapid speciation and a high replacement rate (PUEBLA, 2009).
coli but also Darwin's finches, three-spined sticklebacks, African cichlids, apple and hawthorn maggot flies, naked mole rats, and more.
British finches [Newton 1967, 1972], North American shorebirds [Baker and Baker 1973], African cichlids [McKaye and Marsh 1983], Central American cichlids [Liem and Kaufman 1984], Darwin's finches [Schluter and Grant 1984; Grant 1986], African seedcrackers [Smith 1990, 1991]; but see Greenberg 1979, 1981).

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