Herichthys tepehua De la Maza-Benignos, Ornelas-García, Lozano-Vilano, García-Ramírez & Doadrio, 2014
Herichthys tepehua
photo by De la Maza-Benignos, M.

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
Max. size:  13.817 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Central America: Tuxpan/Pantepec, Cazones, Tecolutla, Tenixtepec and Solteros river systems in Mexico.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 15-17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 4-6; Anal soft rays: 8-10. Herichthys tepehua is distinguished from H. deppii by having longer head (mean 37% SL, SD 2% SL vs. mean 35% SL, SD 1% SL), shorter distance from the anal fin origin to the hypural base (mean 39% SL, SD 2% SL vs. 42% SL , SD 1% SL), a larger eye (mean 26% HL, SD 3% vs. mean 24% HL, SD 2% HL). It can be diagnosed from H. carpintis in that it has a longer anal fin origin-hypural base distance (mean 39%, SD 2% vs. mean 38%, SD 2%) in SL; deeper cheeks (mean 32%, SD 4% vs. mean 28%, SD 4%) and longer snout (mean 39%, SD 4% vs. mean 37%, SD 3%) all in HL. It also differs from other congeners by the following autapomorphies: 2 conspicuous blue/ green parallel markings on the sides of the cheeks extending from the lip fold to the orbit of the eye. Ground color is blue-green. It shares with H. deppii the absence of iridescent spots/pearls on the body (Ref. 99935).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 02.03.15

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