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Cichla nigromaculata

Amazon Peacock Bass species Cichla nigromaculata
Cichla nigromaculata

Cichla nigromaculata is one of the newly described (2006) species of Cichla.

ID Key: C. nigromaculata

Identification Keys
Bars and Markings Colors Size Key Characters Similar Species
Possesses three relatively narrow and short dark vertical bars and two lighter bars in between the darker ones. No markings on operculum. Overall dark body coloration, shading from greenish/gold below to black dorsally. A bluish cast overlies the body color. Upper fins dark, lower fins bluish. Not known to us at this time. If you have info and would like to share it on this site, please contact us - E-Mail Paul Reiss Depth to length ratio: approx. 30%

Lateral Line Scales: approx. 80
Most similar to
C. monoculus
Angler's Summary
Known Range Behavior Notes Habitat Common Names IGFA records
Countries:Venezuela, Brazil.

River Basins:Rio Orinoco, Rio Casiquiare, Rio Negro.
Not known to us at this time. If you have info and would like to share it on this site, please contact us -
E-Mail Paul Reiss
Most common in lagoons, especially floodplain lagoons (seasonally isolated/connected), although they can be found sporadically in the channel. None None

Fishing Tactics

C. nigromaculata—Report by Dr. Stuart Willis:

"We fished for these all through the upper Orinoco and Casiquiare, mostly in the Mavaca and Pamoni. They are most common in lagoons, especially floodplain lagoons (seasonally isolated/connected), although they can be found sporadically in the channel. These don't show any particular observable habitat use differences to C. monoculus. We caught these on weedless spoons and in-line spinnerbaits."

 

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