Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits stagnant waters as well as shallow waters of smaller rivers with organic material and low velocity. Abundant in creeks with much organic matter but also resides in the shallow waters of rivers (Ref. 36880). Feeds on aquatic insects. Forms small groups on the river bottoms.
  • Kullander, S.O. 2003 Cichlidae (Cichlids). p. 605-654. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 36377)
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Distribution

Atlantic slope of Panama, Pacific slope of Costa Rica.
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Central America: Atlantic slope of Panama and Pacific slope of Costa Rica (Coto River).
  • Kullander, S.O. 2003 Cichlidae (Cichlids). p. 605-654. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 36377)
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 145 mm TL
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Max. size

14.5 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 7335))
  • Conkel, D. 1993 Cichlids of North and Central America. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., USA. (Ref. 7335)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 5.5 - 8.0; dH range: 1.5 - 8
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

An open bottom spawner which produces hundreds of eggs. Both parents care for their eggs until the fry are a week into free-swimming (Ref. 12251).
  • Axelrod, H.R. 1993 The most complete colored lexicon of cichlids. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 864 p. (Ref. 12251)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Andinoacara coeruleopunctatus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 16
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: subsistence fisheries
  • Stawikowski, R. and U. Werner 1998 Die Buntbarsche Amerikas, Band 1. Verlag Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany, 540 p. (Ref. 40602)
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