Hypsophrys nicaraguensis

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Hypsophrys nicaraguensis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
Genus: Hypsophrys
Species: H. nicaraguensis
Binomial name
Hypsophrys nicaraguensis
(Günther, 1864)

Hypsophrys nicaraguensis is a species of cichlid endemic to the Atlantic slope of Central America, from Nicaragua to Costa Rica.[1] The species is a popular aquarium fish and is traded under a variety of common names that include Nickie, Moga, Parrot cichlid, Macaw Cichlid, Butterfly Cichlid and Nicaraguense.[1]


Hypsophrys nicaraguensis is able to protrude its jaw 3.8% standard length limiting its diet to only 1% evasive prey. [2]


The species was formerly the only representative of its genus, and is part of family Cichlidae in subfamily Cichlasomatinae.[1] However, the Poor man's tropheus, formerly Neetroplus nematopus, has also been placed into the genus Hypsophrys, as Hypsophrys nematopus.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. "Hypsophrys nicaraguensis, Moga". FishBase. Retrieved 2007-04-10. 
  2. ^ Hulsey, C. D.; Garcia De Leon, F. J. (2005). "Cichlid jaw mechanics: Linking morphology to feeding specialization". Functional Ecology. 19 (3): 487. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2005.00987.x. 
  3. ^ "Convict and Jack Dempsey placed in new genera". Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2008-06-27.