Herichthys carpintis

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Herichthys carpintis
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Herichthys
H. carpintis
Binomial name
Herichthys carpintis
  • Neetroplus carpintis D. S. Jordan & Snyder, 1899
  • Cichlasoma carpintis (D. S. Jordan & Snyder, 1899)
  • Heros teporatus Fowler, 1903
  • Cichlosoma laurae Regan, 1908
  • Cichlasoma laurae Regan, 1908

Herichthys carpintis, the lowland cichlid, pearlscale cichlid, is a species of cichlid.


It is related to the Texas cichlid, with which it forms viable hybrid offspring. These hybrids are an invasive species in Louisiana.[2]

Distribution and habitat.[edit]

It is endemic to eastern Mexico where it occurs in the Pánuco River drainage, and the Soto La Marina River in northeastern Mexico, its type locality is the Laguna del Carpinte, near Tampico in Tamaulipas, which is alluded to in the specific name.[3]


It reaches a maximum size of 17 centimetres (6.7 in) SL.[4] It is popular in the aquarium trade.


  1. ^ Soto Galera, E. 2019. Herichthys carpintis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T192894A2179715. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T192894A2179715.en. Accessed on 01 May 2023.
  2. ^ Lorenz, O. Thomas (2008). Effects of interspecific competition, salinity, and hurricanes on the success of an invasive fish, the Rio Grande Cychlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus) (Ph.D. thesis). University of New Orleans. Retrieved 5 December 2021 – via ScholarWorks @ UNO.
  3. ^ Christopher Scharpf & Kenneth J. Lazara (22 September 2018). "Order CICHLIFORMES: Family CICHLIDAE: Subfamily CICHLINAE (d-w)". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2013). "Herichthys carpintis" in FishBase. April 2013 version.