Central American cichlid reclassifications

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Maskaheros argenteus. Formally of Paraneetroplus and Vieja. Photo by Citron / CC-BY-SA-3.0

A recently published article details naming revisions to many popular Central American cichlid species. Using previously compiled DNA sequencing and morphological characters, the study has reclassified many species and even create several new genera. Affected species include fish from common genera like Paraneetroplus, Herichthys, Thorichthys and Vieja. Some species have been shifted around to an existing genus while others have been put into the new genus names.

Those familiar with Central American cichlids should take a look at the article found on mapress.com/zootaxa to see if fish you keep or are interested in have been affected. Discussion can be done in the Central American Cichlids forum.

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