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Mayan cichlid (Mayaheros urophthalmus) Breeding Care, Size, Species, For Sale
Mayan cichlids for sale (Mayaheros urophthalmus) online with expedited shipping. Shop our extensive listings for Central American cichlids now! Mayaheros urophthalmus, also known as the Mayan cichlid or Mexican mojarra is a species of cichlid found in Middle America. It is native to the Atlantic slope of tropical Mesoamerica, ranging from eastern Mexico southward to Nicaragua. Native Range: Tropical America. Atlantic Slope drainages from Río Coatzacoalcos basin in Mexico southward into Nicaragua, including Isla Mujeres and Yucatán Peninsula (Conkel 1993; Greenfield and Thomerson 1997).
Mayan cichlid fish seem very similar to Cichlasoma festae (Red Terror from South America) and people commonly mistake them. Florida populations have persisted in spite of severe cold spells, drought, floods, and salinity fluctuations. This voracious predator has the potential to be one of the most damaging introduced cichlids (Courtenay, personal communication) and has certainly become one of the most widespread and successful cichlids after only three decades in Florida. It is also one of the most abundant fish in angler catches in some Everglades canals (Shafland et al. 2008).
Largest measured by Commission scientists was 12.6 inches and weighed 1.5 pounds, but may reach larger sizes as the IGFA world record is listed at 15 inches and 2.5 pounds; maximum reported age is 7 years.