Red devil cichlid in exhibit

Red Devil Cichlid

Scientific Name

Cichlasoma labiatum






Lake Nicaragua and Lake Managua Central America


Freshwater lakes

Estimated Wild Population

Red devil cichlid in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: NOT EVALUATED IUCN Conservation Status: NOT EVALUATED

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Physical Description

Red devil cichlids have bright orange to reddish-orange scales. Males, averaging 23 centimeters long, are larger than females and have longer fins and a distinct hump on their head. These social fish live together in large groups. They are typically active, feeding throughout the day on snails, small fish, insect larvae, worms, and aquatic vegetation. Both males and females work together to guard their eggs.

Interesting Fact 1

Females deposit up to 1,000 eggs on hard surfaces, such as rocks or logs.

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