Cichla ocellaris

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Cichla ocellaris
Cichla ocellaris Dvur zoo 1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Cichla
C. ocellaris
Binomial name
Cichla ocellaris

Cichla ocellaris, sometimes known as the butterfly peacock bass ("peacock bass" is also used for some of its relatives), is a very large species of cichlid from South America, and a prized game fish. It reaches 74 cm (29 in) in length.[1] It is native to the Marowijne and Essequibo drainages in the Guianas, and the Branco River in Brazil. It has also been introduced to regions outside its natural range (e.g., Florida, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico), but some uncertainty exists over the exact identity, and at least some of the introductions may involve another Cichla species or hybrids.[2] It is frequently confused with C. monoculus.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Cichla ocellaris" in FishBase. April 2011 version.
  2. ^ Nico, L. (2011). Cichla ocellaris. USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL.