got these a few weeks ago now and at approx cm now have 5 in total, after the water change tonight there was some breeding behaviour. Geophagus argyrostictus Kullander, AphiaID. (urn:lsid: :taxname). Classification. Biota; Animalia. Geophagus is a genus of cichlids that mainly live in South America as far south as Argentina Geophagus altifrons Heckel, ; Geophagus argyrostictus S. O. Kullander, ; Geophagus brachybranchus S. O. Kullander & Nijssen,

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A group of individuals should be the minimum purchase since in smaller groups weaker individuals geophqgus become the target of excessive geohpagus. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There are currently 28 recognized species in this genus.

Retrieved 22 October Schindler, – Zoologische Abhandlungen Dresden Here they dig a large pit which may be defended for some days before a smaller site is selected within it just prior to spawning.

Taphorn, – Zootaxa Archived from the original PDF on Uses authors parameter Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata. Maximum Standard Length — mm. Meyer, – Journal of Molecular Evolution 53 2: After around 3 days 70 hours at Meyer, – Journal of Molecular Evolution 48 6: This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Other species occuring in the Xingu are too numerous to mention but the following are some examples of those that have been collected in the same habitats as G.


Another young specimen – locality unknown Geophagus is a genus of cichlids that mainly live in South America as far south as Argentina and Uruguaybut a single species, G. Rather than a single large meal offer smaller portions daily to allow natural browsing behaviour as this seems to result in the best growth rate and condition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Later molecular studies by Farias et al. Nijssen, – E. Cichlidaethree new species from Venezuela. Views Read Edit View history. Cichlidae from the drainage of the upper rio Orinoco in Venezuela. Though described in it was first collected much earlier and misidentified by Gosse as G. Some cichlids previously included in this genus argyrositctus been reallocated to BiotodomaGymnogeophagus or Satanoperca.

There are three main groups: A degree of patience is also required since it can be at least a year until they become sexually mature. Cichlidae from the rio Parnaiba basin, Brazil. Winemiller, – Zoologica Scripta 34 6: Anostomus ternetziPseudanos trimaculatusAcnodon normaniHyphessobrycon heterorhabdusH.

This species is relatively rare in the hobby but sometimes available from specialist retailers or private breeders. Geophagus Heckel Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Geophagus argyrostictus — Seriously Fish

Cichlid fishes of the Amazon River drainage of Peru. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Geophagus.

Geophagus altifrons Heckel, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands: Post-hatching both adults normally continue to guard the fry for a period although in some cases the female continues alone. Detail of flank patterning. Isaac, – Ecotropica Unlike the majority of congeners which practice mouthbrooding this species is a substrate -spawner adopting a fairly basic strategy. Courtship is relatively unobtrusive consisting of fin flaring, circling, gaping and head jerking displays, and when ready to spawn a pair will select a suitable site.


Species of Geophagus in FishBase. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Within this small group G.

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Zoologische Abhandlungen Dresden geophxgus, This species can be identified by a combination of dark infraorbital stripe Staeck, – Zoologische Abhandlungen Dresden Smaller fishes are generally ignored and schools of small characids can be added without fear of predation. Fully- mature males tend to be a little larger and have longer finnage than females with dominant individuals often developing a pronounced nuchal hump.

In terms of tankmates other cichlids are generally best avoided although we know of several instances in which this species has been maintained long-term alongside members of the G. Spawning occurs in typical style with the female laying one or more rows of eggs before the male moves in to fertilise them, the process being repeated numerous times over a period of an hour or two.