Cichlid fish (pronounced “sick-lid”) are a large family of freshwater, bony fish species.
While the exact number of species is unknown, it’s thought that well over 1,000 exist in the Cichlidae family today.
Of all the species of vertebrates, more than five percent are cichlids.
How many species of cichlids are there?
What defines a cichlid?
Definition of cichlid. : any of a family (Cichlidae) of mostly tropical spiny-finned usually freshwater fishes including several kept in tropical aquariums.
What kind of fish are cichlids?
Cichlid, any of more than 1,300 species of fishes of the family Cichlidae (order Perciformes), many of which are popular aquarium fishes. Cichlids are primarily freshwater fishes and are found in tropical America, mainland Africa and Madagascar, and southern Asia.
What makes a cichlid a cichlid?
For genera, see below. Cichlids /ˈsɪklɪdz/ are fish from the family Cichlidae in the order Cichliformes. Many cichlids, particularly tilapia, are important food fishes, while others, such as the Cichla species, are valued game fish.
Do cichlids have teeth?
All cichlids have teeth, but each species will have a different set depending on their diet. Some have evolved smaller rows of teeth for scraping off algae from rocks; others have more fang-like teeth for catching small fish.
What is the smallest cichlid?
Neolamprologus multifasciatus are the smallest cichlids and the easiest to keep if you have limited space but still want to experience fascinating cichlid behavior. These tiny shell dwellers live in colonies and are a joy to keep.