Heros efasciatus

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Heros efasciatus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Heros
H. efasciatus
Binomial name
Heros efasciatus
Heckel, 1840
  • Chromys appendiculata Castelnau, 1855
  • Heros appendiculatus (Castelnau, 1855)
  • Chromys fasciata Castelnau, 1855
  • Uarus centrarchoides Cope, 1872

Heros efasciatus is a species of tropical freshwater cichlid native to the Amazon basin in South America.[1] It is commonly found in the aquarium trade, often in its gold colored variation rather than the wild-type olive green one.[2]


Heros efasciatus is one of the few cichlid species that act a regular frugivore, quite notably during the wet season when riparian zones become inundated with water.[3]


Over the past few years, popularity of Heros efasciatus within the aquarium trade has increased. Consequently, this species could be susceptible to over-exploitation, primarily because of their natural low densities and low fecundity. [3]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Heros efasciatus" in FishBase. 10 2014 version.
  2. ^ "Red Spot Severum - Heros Efasciatus". Tropical Fish Site. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b J. Favero; P. Pompeu; A. Prado-Valladares (2010). "Reproductive biology of Heros efasciatus Heckel,1840 (Pisces, Cichlidae) in the Amanã Sustainable Reserve (Amazonas, Brazil), aiming at sustainable management of the species". Acta Amazonia. 40 (2): 373–380.