What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

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What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Post by Mark Smith » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:57 am

I found this link to a Cichla species (C. temensis?) that weighed in at 28 pounds.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/ga ... -rio-negro

Anyone know of any larger cichlids? Boulengerochromis microlepis is often touted as the largest cichlid species, but I don't think it becomes as large as some Cichla species.

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Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Post by Bas Pels » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:46 pm

Do you mean in length, that is cm, or inches?

Or in weight, that is KG or pounds?

Cichla temensis is said to grow to 100 cm, Boulengerochromis to 70

Parachromis dovii can hit this 70 cm too, but there is also a large, green cichlid in Panama, said to get over 60 cm.

In weight I think one of these might outweigh the Cichla

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Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Post by Mark Smith » Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:02 pm

It would good to find out the maximum weight of the species you mentioned. If they are not as heavy as 28 pounds, then this Cichla would hold two record titles for a cichlid, namely the heaviest and longest species.

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Post by melanotheron » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:49 am

What is the current smallest species?
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Post by Bojan Dolenc » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:08 am

Neolamprologus multifasciatus? The male reaches 5 cm (2 in) in length, and the female only 2.5 cm (1 in).
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Post by Bojan Dolenc » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:24 pm

Apistogrammoides pucallpaensis is reaching only 3–4 cm (1.2–1.6 in) in length.
Change in habit, producing change of function, is the main cause of the production of change in living structure. F. Wood Jones (1953) Trends of life

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Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Post by Mike Wise » Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:49 am

Apistogramma wapisana is even smaller and lighter.

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Post by blackghost » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:34 pm

Some links with pictures...

Cichla temensis @ 29lbs 1oz... 41"
http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/sci ... ensis/show

Cichla pinima @ 24lbs 7oz... 33"
http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/sci ... inima/show
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Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Post by Bas Pels » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:39 am

What about the Biotocus species? very small, but also light build

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Post by Mike Wise » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:41 am

A. wapisana is reported to reach a maximum SL of 2.9 cm /~1 1/8", although I had some 'big' females that were a bit longer - about the size of an adult Neon Tetra. Biotoecus spp. are longer by about a centimeter.

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Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Post by blackghost » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:26 pm

Just looked at FishBase to see whether it had Cichla or Boulengerochromis as the larger, and discovered a new fish.... Hemitaeniochromis brachyrhynchus from lake Malawi. According to FishBase it can grow to 124cms SL.

http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Hemitae ... nchus.html
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Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Post by Philippe Burnel » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:28 am

:D :D :D :D :D
123.6 mm (and not cm) in the original description.

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Re: What Is The Largest Cichlid Species?

Post by blackghost » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:09 pm

Philippe Burnel wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:28 am
:D :D :D :D :D
123.6 mm (and not cm) in the original description.

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Thought it strange that I hadn't heard of this 4' cichlid. Terrible error by FishBase, what are they thinking?!?
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