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(sĭk`lĭd), common name for members of the family Cichlidae, more that 1,600 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 (e.g., the tilapiatilapia
or St. Peter's fish,
a spiny-finned freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae, native chiefly to Africa and the Middle East. Fish of the genera Oreochromis, Sarotherodon, and Tilapia,
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), and small, often very colorful species are popular as aquarium fish. Cichlids are noted for the care they give their young; the eggs are often laid in a basin hollowed in the sand and, the fertilized eggs or larvae are typically brooded 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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carpintis, a pattern similar to that recovered in other Middle American cichlids such as Amphilophus, Vieja, Nandopsis and Amatitlania where the head morphologies are more variable compared to a more conserved body shapes (e.g.
Few studies have been made on the distribution, systematics and biogeography of middle American Cichlids (Bussing 1985, Bussing 2002, Roe et al.
A progress report on the higher classifications of Middle American cichlids. Abstr.
A revision of the fishes of the American cichlid genus Cichlasoma and of the allied genera.
This pattern of low intraspecific genetic divergence is also observed in other Central American cichlids (Lopez-Fernandez, Winemiller, & Honeycut, 2010; McMahan et al., 2010).
The specimens presented a diploid modal number of 2n=48 chromosomes, which is similar to the number reported for others Central American cichlids; five pairs were submetacentric-metacentrics(biarmed) and 19 were subtelocentric-telocentric (uni-armed), giving a fundamental number (NF) of 58.
Systematic status, variation and distribution of four Middle American cichlids fishes belonging to the Amphilaphus species group, genus Cichlasoma.

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