Unfortunately, many fish shops do not properly
label the fishes they sell. Often they are sold with only a common
name (e.g., Red Devil) or even worse, in an unlabeled tank they
mysteriously referred to as "Mixed cichlids". Common names are
very unreliable and can vary from one supplier to the next. Scientific
names (i.e., binomial latin names), on the other hand, are the
only names which do not vary from one shop to the next or even
This resource does not display every cichlid
species. Instead, we display 26 of the most common New World cichlid
genera by showing a few examples of what fishes within each genus
look like. This page is a great "starter" for learning to identify
your mystery cichlid. The express purpose of this page is to
help you learn (crudely, perhaps) to recognize characteristics
of the more common genera and be able to differentiate them.
Once you feel comfortable guessing the genus of your mystery cichlid,
we recommend looking through the Profiles
section. Focus only on photos of fish within the genus that looks
most like your fish.
Keep in mind that this page is not exhaustive.
It is meant to get you started. Use this page as a guide for navigating
section. With over 1,500 cichlid species and variants represented
there, the odds are in your favor of finding a match. If you are
unable to find your fish in the Profiles
section, you might consider posting a description of your fish
along with a photo in the Unidentified
Cichlids section of the Discussion Board.