Peacock cichlid, tucunare, tuc, pavón mariposa, pavón amarillo, pavón tres estrellas, marichapa,tucunaré-acu, lukanani.
Butterfly peacock bass are characterized by a great variability in coloration. They are generally yellowish green, with three dark spots with a yellow tinge along the lateral midrib. These spots are crossed by faint bands, which usually disappear in fish weighing more than 3–4 pounds. The iris of the eye is often dark red. Breeding males have a prominent tubercle on the top of the head, and spawning fish have an enhanced yellow coloration. They are distinguished by the absence of black markings on the operculum.
Introduced to Hawaii from British Guyana in 1957 and to Florida in 1984 and 1986, it was also introduced to Puerto Rico, Panama, Guam and the Dominican Republic.
The fish reaches a maximum size of 11 to 12 pounds. The world record in all tackle is 12 pounds 9 ounces individual from Venezuela.
Life history and Behavior
Food and feeding habits
|Conservation status||No information|
|Life span, years||10|
|Maximum body weight, kg||No information|
|Maximum length, cm||74|
|Sailing speed, m/s||No information|
|Threat to people||Edible|
|Way of eating||Predator|
Butterfly peacock bass
Tags: Butterfly peacock bass