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Vieja melanura  (Günther, 1862)

Redhead cichlid
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Cichlasomatinae
Etymology: Vieja: Spanish, vieja = old woman (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.0 - 8.0; dH range: 9 - 20.   Tropical; 24°C - 30°C (Ref. 7335), preferred ?

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Central America: Atlantic slope, in the Usumacinta River drainage in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36377)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits lakes and the lower river valley with a slight tolerance for the brackish environment.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Produces 300-500 fry per spawning (Ref. 7335). Reported to produce up to 1000 eggs and reach sexual maturity at 10 cm (Ref. 2060).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Kullander, Sven O. | Collaborators

Conkel, D., 1993. Cichlids of North and Central America. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., USA. (Ref. 7335)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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