Type species: Parachromis gulosus [=Heros managuensis Günther, 1867]
Distinctive characters: The Guapotes of the genus Parachromis are specialized predators with elongated bodies, short caudal peduncles and a huge, protrusionable mouth with robust jaws. Kullander (1996) gave a revised diagnosis of the genus. Among others distinguishing characters include:
- All teeth caniniform. Upper jaw outer row symphysial pair of teeth prolonged
- Coronalis pore present.
- Preaxillary ascending processes reaching to vertical line from middle or posterior margin of orbit.
- Dorsal and anal fin scaly.
Species currently included:
|Parachromis dovii||C, E(Polychromatism)|
|C, B(Death feigning), H(Laguna Noh), H(Cenote Escondido)|
|C, H(Laguna Noh)|
|C=CRC Catalogue,B=Note on behavior, E=Note on ecology, H=Habitat description|
Distribution: From the Rio Usumacinta drainage in South México (P. managuensis) south to Panama (P. loisellei).
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Tobler, Michi. (August 17, 2005). "Short synopsis of Parachromis Agassiz, 1859". Cichlid Room Companion. Retrieved on February 17, 2019, from: https://www.cichlidae.com/section.php?id=18.