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Kingdom  Animalia
Tribe  Heroini
Higher classification  Cichlid
Rank  Genus
Family  Cichlidae
Scientific name  Amphilophus
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Perciformes
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Lower classifications  Amphilophus citrinellus, Red devil cichlid, Cribroheros robertsoni, Guayas cichlid, Amphilophus rhytisma

Monster midas cichlids fighting 18 inches amphilophus citrinellus

Amphilophus is a genus of cichlid fishes from Central America, ranging from southern Mexico to Panama. The genus currently contains 23 species, including several that are well-known from the aquarium trade. However, a 2008 study led by Oldrich Rican suggested that several species within Amphilophus should be moved to the genus Astatheros. Species proposed to be moved to Astatheros are A. alfari, A. altifrons, A. bussingi, A. diquis, A. longimanus, A. macracanthus (which would be the type species for Astatheros), A. margaritifer, A. rhytisma, A. robertsoni and A. rostratus. Rican's study suggests that the Astatheros species are more closely related to the Jack Dempsey and rainbow cichlid than to the remaining Amphilophus species.


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Several species from this genus are endemic to the small Lake Apoyo (6 species) and Lake Xiloá (4 species) in Nicaragua, and are believed to be the result of sympatric speciation.

Amphilophus and golden jack dempsey fish


There are currently 27 recognized species in this genus:

Amphilophus Midas Cichlid Information Amphilophus Citrinellus Cichlasoma Citrinellum
  • Amphilophus alfari (Meek, 1907) (Pastel cichlid)
  • Amphilophus altifrons (Kner, 1863)
  • Amphilophus amarillo Stauffer & McKaye, 2002
  • Amphilophus astorquii Stauffer, McCrary & K. E. Black, 2008 (Black midas cichlid)
  • Amphilophus bussingi Loiselle, 1997
  • Amphilophus calobrensis (Meek & Hildebrand, 1913)
  • Amphilophus chancho Stauffer, McCrary & K. E. Black, 2008
  • Amphilophus citrinellus (Günther, 1864) (Midas cichlid)
  • Amphilophus diquis (W. A. Bussing, 1974)
  • Amphilophus flaveolus Stauffer, McCrary & K. E. Black, 2008
  • Amphilophus globosus Geiger, McCrary & Stauffer, 2010
  • Amphilophus hogaboomorum (Carr & Giovannoli, 1950)
  • Amphilophus labiatus (Günther, 1864) (Red devil)
  • Amphilophus longimanus (Günther, 1867) (Red breast cichlid)
  • Amphilophus lyonsi (J. P. Gosse, 1966)
  • Amphilophus macracanthus (Günther, 1864) (Blackthroat cichlid)
  • Amphilophus margaritifer (Günther, 1862)
  • Amphilophus nourissati (Allgayer, 1989) (Bluemouth cichlid)
  • Amphilophus rhytisma (López S., 1983)
  • Amphilophus robertsoni (Regan, 1905) (False firemouth cichlid)
  • Amphilophus rostratus (T. N. Gill, 1877)
  • Amphilophus sagittae Stauffer & McKaye, 2002
  • Amphilophus supercilius Geiger, McCrary & Stauffer, 2010
  • Amphilophus tolteca Recknagel, Kusche, Elmer & A. Meyer, 2013
  • Amphilophus viridis Recknagel, Kusche, Elmer & A. Meyer, 2013
  • Amphilophus xiloaensis Stauffer & McKaye, 2002
  • Amphilophus zaliosus (Barlow, 1976) (Arrow cichlid)

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