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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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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.
It is thus of some importance to document here the first known fossils of Central American cichlids, from Costa Rica (Fig.
This pattern of low intraspecific genetic divergence is also observed in other Central American cichlids (Lopez-Fernandez, Winemiller, & Honeycut, 2010; McMahan et al.
Also, we have built a family tree of all South American cichlids, including the Mazarunia mazarunii we eventually collected.
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).
Systematic status, variation and distribution of four Middle American cichlids fishes belonging to the Amphilaphus species group, genus Cichlasoma.

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