Geophagus altifrons

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Eartheater cichlid
Cichlidae - Geophagus altifrons.JPG
A Geophagus species. Probably Geophagus sp. "Tapajos Orange Head"
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Geophagus
Species: G. altifrons
Binomial name
Geophagus altifrons
Heckel, 1840

Geophagus altifrons is a freshwater eartheater cichlid fish native to the Amazon River Basin, Brazil.[1]

Introduced to Singapore, it thrives in slow-moving streams and reservoirs. Its ecological impact on its adopted habitat is still unknown.[2]

A member of the family Cichlidae, it can grow up to 22.5 cm (8.9 in) in standard length.[1] It is benthophagous by nature, taking mouthfuls of substrate (hence its common name) and sifting for edible items, with the remaining materials being expelled via the mouth and gill openings. It prefers clear and blackwater environments as opposed to turbid white waters.

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  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Geophagus altifrons" in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  2. ^ Nick Baker. "Eartheater Cichlid (introduced)". Ecology Asia. Retrieved 25 May 2013.