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Thorichthys aureus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Tribe: Heroini
Genus: Thorichthys
Meek, 1904
Type species
Thorichthys ellioti
Meek, 1904

Thorichthys is a genus of cichlids. It is found in Atlantic slope of Middle America from Chachalacas River area in Mexico, south to the Motagua River drainage in Guatemala and Honduras. They have somewhat pointy heads and stripes down their body, and tend to inhabit slow-moving or standing water. The best-known species is Thorichthys meeki, the firemouth cichlid. Members of Thorichthys do not exceed 17 cm (6.7 in),[1] making them popular aquarium fish. They are most closely related to Salvin's cichlid of the genus Trichromis.[2]


There are currently 9 recognized species in this genus:[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2017). Species of Thorichthys in FishBase. July 2017 version.
  2. ^ Říčan, O., Piálek, L., Dragová, K. & Novák, J. (2016). "Diversity and evolution of the Middle American cichlid fishes (Teleostei: Cichlidae) with revised classification" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 66 (1): 1–102. Retrieved 2019-01-25.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ McMahan, C.D., Matamoros, W.A., Piller, K.R. & Chakrabarty, P. (2015). "Taxonomy and systematics of the herichthyins (Cichlidae: Tribe Heroini), with the description of eight new Middle American Genera" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3999 (2): 211–234. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3999.2.3.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)