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New World Cichlid Genus Gallery
Need help identifying your cichlid?



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 between languages.

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 the Profiles section. With over 1,400 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.


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'Aequidens'

Fish Fin Marine biology Ray-finned fish Tail
Fish Fin Ray-finned fish Electric blue Tail
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
'A.' sp. "Gold Saum" (Green Terror)'A.' pulcher (Blue Acara)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Amphilophus

Fish Fin Fawn Tail Snout
Organism Fish Fin Electric blue Ray-finned fish
Fin Fish Marine biology Tail Ray-finned fish
A. citrinellus (Midas)A. festae (Red Terror)A. labiatus (Red Devil)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Apistogramma

Fin Fish Marine biology Tail Ray-finned fish
Fish Wing Electric blue Natural material Fin
Electric blue Fin Fish Wing Tail
A. agassiziiA. borelliA. cacatuoides
(Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Archocentrus

Fish Invertebrate Art Science Fish
Jaw Fin Fish Ray-finned fish Marine biology
A. nigrofasciatum (Convict)A. spinosissimus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Astronotus

Organism Fish Snout Tail Fin
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
A. ocellatus (Oscar)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Cichla

Fish Creative arts Ray-finned fish Tail Bony-fish
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
C. ocellaris (Peacock Bass)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Cichlasoma

Fish Fin Ray-finned fish Tail Marine biology
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
C. portalegrense
(Port Cichlid)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Cleithracara

Fish Tail Fin Science Electric blue
C. maronii
(Keyhole Cichlid)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Crenicichla

Fin Fish Marine biology Electric blue Ray-finned fish
Insect Organism Arthropod Fish Invertebrate
Fish Ray-finned fish Fin Tail Science
C. reganiC. compressicepsC. Sp. "Xingu I"
(Orange Fry)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Geophagus

Fin Fish Ray-finned fish Tail Electric blue
Fish Fin Tail Ray-finned fish Electric blue
Fin Fish Triangle Ray-finned fish Wing
G. altifronsG. brasiliensisG. sp. "Tapajos Orange Head"
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Fish Fin Ray-finned fish Electric blue Bony-fish
G. steindachneri
(Red Hump)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Herichthys

Eye Fin Fish Marine biology Ray-finned fish
Fish Snout Electric blue Terrestrial animal Fin
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
H. carpintis
(Green Texas Cichlid)
H. cyanoguttatus
(Texas Cichlid)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Heros

Fin Fish Tail Ray-finned fish Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
H. efasciatus
(False Gold Severum)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Hypsophrys

Vertebrate Fin Fish Marine biology Tail
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
H. nicaraguensis
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Mesonauta

Eye Fish Fin Beak Science
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
M. festivus
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Mikrogeophagus

Creative arts Fish Fin Font Art
Creative arts Art Fish Fin Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
M. altispinosus
(Bolivian Ram)
M. ramirezi (Ram)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Nandopsis

Lizard Reptile Fish Terrestrial animal Scaled reptile
Terrestrial plant Art Fashion accessory Invertebrate
Fin Fish Ray-finned fish Tail Electric blue
N. haitiensis
(Black Nasty)
N. salviniN. uropthalmus
(False Red Terror)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Neetroplus

Fish Tail Fin Terrestrial animal Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
N. nematopus
(Neet)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Parachromis

Fin Fish Ray-finned fish Electric blue Marine biology
Reptile Lizard Scaled reptile Terrestrial animal Fish
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
P. dovii
(Wolf Cichlid)
P. managuensis
(Jaguar Cichlid)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Paratheraps

Fin Water Fish Marine biology Electric blue
Fin Fish Ray-finned fish Marine biology Electric blue
P. bifasciataP. synspilum
(Quetzal)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Pterophyllum

Event Fashion accessory Invertebrate Arthropod Moths and butterflies
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
P. scalare
(Angelfish)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Rocio

Terrestrial animal Electric blue Fashion accessory Macro photography Magenta
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
R. octofasciatus
(Jack Dempsey)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Satanoperca

Fish Fin Tail Ray-finned fish Electric blue
Fish Fin Electric blue Tail Ray-finned fish
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
S. leucostictaS. jurupari
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Symphysodon

Cap Electric blue Art Natural material Magenta
Art Natural material Font Circle Grass
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
S. aequifasciatusS. discus
(Heckel Discus)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Thorichthys

Fin Fish Tail Electric blue Ray-finned fish
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue
T. meeki
(Firemouth)
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Uaru

Food Fish Snout Electric blue Natural material
U. amphiacanthoides
Grey Wood Font Twig Electric blue


Vieja

Fish Snout Fashion accessory Terrestrial animal Macro photography
Fish Art Creative arts Oncorhynchus Ray-finned fish
V. maculicauda
(Black Belt)
V. regani



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