Cichla cataractae (Cichliformes: Cichlidae), new species of peacock bass from the Essequibo Basin, Guyana and Venezuela

  title={Cichla cataractae (Cichliformes: Cichlidae), new species of peacock bass from the Essequibo Basin, Guyana and Venezuela},
  author={Mark Henry Sabaj and Hern{\'a}n L{\'o}pez-Fern{\'a}ndez and Stuart C. Willis and Devya D. Hemraj and Donald C. Taphorn and Kirk O. Winemiller},
  journal={Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia},
  pages={69 - 86}
ABSTRACT. A new species of peacock bass, Cichla cataractae, is distinguished from all congeners by molecular evidence and unique patterns of adult and juvenile pigmentation. Juveniles (<150 mm SL) have sides of body dominated by a series of three conspicuous dark blotches with the one below soft dorsal fin largest, attenuated posteriorly (long teardrop shape) but distinctly separated from elliptical caudal blotch; same blotches eventually with pale border (ocellated) in largest juveniles. Adult… 
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