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Australoheros facetus  (Jenyns, 1842)

Chameleon 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: Australoheros: From the Latin word 'australis' meaning southern, and the name Heros, after the nominotypic genus of the heroini tribe. tribe.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 7.0; dH range: 5 - 12.   Subtropical; 25°C - 30°C (Ref. 1672)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 19.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56003); common length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36377); max. reported age: 10 years (Ref. 40602)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 5-7; Anal soft rays: 7 - 9. This species differs from its congeners in having a lower jaw longer than upper and mouth pointing upwards; has the shortest dorsal scale cover and the least scaled dorsal and anal fins among (together with A. tembe); with four abdominal bars (present in more than 80% of individuals as compared to 50% or less in all other species (Ref. 74689).

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | SELECT scientificname FROM scientificname WHERE scientificname = Australoheros facetus LIMIT 1Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

South America: Coastal drainages of Uruguay and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Paraná River basin, lower part of Paraná River in Argentina.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

An opportunistic diurnal feeder, eating detritus and plant material, preying on small aquatic animals, including small fish. Very resistant to low temperatures. (Ref. 59043). Common in creeks, rivers, swamps and lakes (Ref. 74689). This species is an easy open spawner that lays its eggs on a stone or piece of wood (Ref. 12251). Both parents care for the eggs and fry (Ref. 12251). Consumed locally. Reported to reach 25.0 cm SL (Ref. 59043).

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

This species is an easy open spawner that lays its eggs on a stone or piece of wood. Both parents care for the eggs and fry (Ref. 12251). In Europe where it has invaded native drainages, spawns when temperature rises above 28-30°C. Forms pairs during spawning and both sexes are territorial. Females deposits eggs on exposed hard surfaces such as stones or wood. Both parent guard larvae and juveniles for 1-3 weeks (Ref. 59043).

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

?í?an, O. and S.O. Kullander, 2008. The Australoheros (Teleostei: Cichlidae) species of Uruguay and Paraná River drainages. Zootaxa 1724:1-51. (Ref. 74689)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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Larval dynamics
Aquaculture profile
Allele frequencies
Mass conversion
Stamps, Coins
Swim. type
Gill area


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Internet sources

Alien/Invasive Species database | BHL | Cloffa | Websites from users | Check FishWatcher | CISTI | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | DiscoverLife | ECOTOX | Faunafri | Fishtrace | GenBank(genome, nucleotide) | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | IGFA World Record | iSpecies | National databases | PubMed | Scirus | SeaLifeBase | Tree of Life | uBio | Wikipedia(Go, Search) | World Records Freshwater Fishing | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.03090 (0.01515 - 0.06305), b=3.07 (2.88 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for species & (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.48 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=10; Fec=300-1,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .