Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cichliformes
(Cichlids, convict blennies) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Cichlasomatinae
Etymology: Amphilophus: Greek, amphi = on both sides + Greek, lophos = crest (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Günther.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 28°C - 33°C (Ref. 7335)
Central America: Atlantic slope of Nicaragua, in Lakes Nicaragua and Managua.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 28.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 126024); max. published weight: 444.00 g (Ref. 126024)
Inhabits lakes and rarely enters rivers (Ref. 7335). Feeds on small fish, snails, insect larvae, worms and other bottom-dwelling organisms (Ref. 44091). Females tend clutch of eggs (Ref. 2060).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
600-700 eggs, female tends the clutch (Ref. 2060).
Kullander, S.O. and K.E. Hartel, 1997. The systematic status of cichlid genera described by Louis Agassiz in 1859: Amphilophus, Baiodon, Hypsophrys and Parachromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 7(3-4):193-202. (Ref. 13677)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02455 (0.01109 - 0.05432), b=3.07 (2.88 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.51 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=600-700).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (18 of 100).