Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Geophaginae
Etymology: Apistogramma: Greek, apisto = uncertain + Greek, gramma = graphic signal (Ref. 45335); aguarico: The specific name refers to the type locality being situated in the río Aguarico system. A noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Río Napo system in Ecuador.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94125)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 15 - 16;
soft rays: 5 - 6. Distinguished from all congeners known to date by the combination of the following
characters: adult males with basically truncate transparent caudal fin without markings, both lobes with filamentous streamers in largest specimens; first membranes of dorsal fin pointed and prolonged to nearly double length of spine, creating serrated impression; pectoral fin base whitish to ivory without any dark markings in all specimens examined, creating distinct contrast with overall yellowish-brown body; broad lateral band on L+1-scale row, ending on upper third of caudal peduncle at vertical bar 7, separated from rectangular spot on centre of caudal base, centre of spot light brown creating impression of divided spot; two to three fragmentary rows of distinct oval abdominal spots, more intense in caudalmost part
above anal fin; gill cover significantly darker than rest of body below lateral band; distinct preorbital, postorbital, and cheek stripes; no black markings on ventral surface of head or body apart from short narrow grey pre-anal stripe, occasionally visible in very large specimens only (Ref. 94125).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Römer, U. and I. Hahn, 2013. Apistogramma aguarico sp. n.: A new species of geophagine cichlid fish (Teleostei: Perciformes) from the Ecuadorian and Peruvian río Napo system. Verteb. Zool. 63(2):171-181. (Ref. 94125)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01622 (0.00720 - 0.03654), b=3.05 (2.86 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .