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Andinoacara rivulatus - 20061112.jpg
A. rivulatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
Genus: Andinoacara
Type species
Acara latifrons
Steindachner, 1878[1]

Andinoacara is a genus of fish in the family Cichlidae. The genus was described in 2009.[1] Before this the members of Andinoacara were placed in the "catch-all" genus Aequidens although they are not closely related to the other members of this genus.[1] The genus Andinoacara is restricted to freshwater habitats in northwestern South America (Trinidad and the Orinoco Basin west to the Pacific coast of South America as far south as Peru) and southern Central America (Costa Rica and Panama). There are no members of the genus in the Amazon Basin.[2]


There are currently eight recognized species in this genus:[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d Musilova, Rican and Novak, 2009. Phylogeny of the Neotropical cichlid fish tribe Cichlasomatini (Teleostei: Cichlidae) based on morphological and molecular data, with the description of a new genus. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Volume 47 Issue 3, Pages 209 - 304 (August 2009)
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2017). Species of Andinoacara in FishBase. May 2017 version.
  3. ^ Eschmeyer, W.N., & R. Fricke, eds. (2013). Catalog of Fishes Archived 2015-05-03 at the Wayback Machine.. Online version, 14 May 2013.
  4. ^ Wijkmark, N., Kullander, S.O. & Barriga S., R.E. (2012): Andinoacara blombergi, a new species from the río Esmeraldas basin in Ecuador and a review of A. rivulatus (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 23 (2): 117-137.
  5. ^ Musilova, Schindler and Staeck, 2009. Description of Andinoacara stalsbergi sp. n. (Teleostei: Cichlidae: Cichlasomatini) from Pacific coastal rivers in Peru, and annotations on the phylogeny of the genus, Vertebrate Zoology, Volume 59 Issue 2, (December 2009)