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Archocentrus nigrofasciatus female.jpg
Amatitlania nigrofasciata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Tribe: Heroini
Genus: Amatitlania
Schmitter-Soto, 2007
Type species
Heros nigrofasciatus
Günther, 1867

Amatitlania is a genus of cichlid fishes from Central America from El Salvador and Guatemala to Panama. The genus is closely related to Archocentrus and Cryptoheros, and contains the convict cichlids that were previously placed in those genera.(All text before this was copy pasted from Google) The genus was erected by Juan Schmitter-Soto in 2007 based on a study of the Archocentrus complex.[1] However, a 2008 study led by Oldrich Rican has suggested that all the species in Cryptoheros and Amatitlania should be moved into the genus Hypsophrys.[2]


There are currently 3 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Schmitter-Soto, J.J. (2007): A systematic revision of the genus Archocentrus (Perciformes: Cichlidae), with the description of two new genera and six new species. Zootaxa, 1603: 1-78.
  2. ^ Heijns, W. (2009). "Central American heroine cichlids, a phylogenetic approach". Cichlid News. pp. 14–22.