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Great Blue Heron Catches Cichlid 20090528 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Great Blue Heron Catches Cichlid 20090528

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Shark Valley, Everglades National Park wildlife. I was not sure of the identity of this Cichlid, as it appeared much more brightly marked than the tilapia that are common in South Florida lakes and canals. Thanks to Skrautfiskar and Dave2X, who identified it as a Jaguar Guapote - (Cichlasoma managuense). From Wikipedia: Parachromis managuensis is a cichlid native to Nicaragua in Central America: the scientific name means "from Managua" (as in Nicaragua's capital city). It is a food fish and is also found in the aquarium trade where it is variously known as: the jaguar cichlid, managuense cichlid or managua cichlid, guapote tigre, Aztec cichlid, spotted guapote and jaguar guapote. It grows to 55–63 cm (22–25 in).

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Taken on May 28, 2009