'Lower Xingu peacock'—Cichla melaniae
Cichla melaniae is one of the newly described (2006) species of Cichla. The specimen at right was caught on the Rio Xingu in Brazil, by Dave Orndorf of Sunbury, OH.
|Bars and Markings||Colors||Size||Key Characters||Similar Species|
|Distinguished by three narrow vertical bars and numerous ocellated spots scattered along body sides.||Deep gold on sides, shading darker toward dorsum. Bars and ocellus black. Upper fins and tips of lower fins bluish.||Juveniles: up to 200mm
Adults: from 200mm to 400mm
|Depth to length ratio: approx. 31%
Lateral Line Scales: approx. 82
|Most similar to
|Known Range||Behavior Notes||Habitat||Common Names||IGFA records|
River Basins: lower Rio Xingu.
|If you have fished for this species and have more detailed info, please contact us E-Mail Paul Reiss||Lentic (off-current) lagoons and lotic (subject to river current) rock piles||Cichla melaniae is named after Melanie Stiassny, an important contributor to Cichlid classification.||7 lb. 0 oz.|
Dave Orndorf caught specimens like the one pictured above on shallow running crank baits and jointed pikie minnows. As with other species of peacocks, they were caught in side lagoons as well as rock piles in the river. Dave upgraded his lures with enhanced hooks and split rings.