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I received these photos from a reader and and he asked to help identify the fish I will add all the comments below the pictures. Please use this form to send in your opinions. You can also send me photos of any fish you would like help with as well

 I am sending you some photos of a fish I have that was sold to me as a "red aureum" but I find no info on this fish. Obviously it is a Cichlasoma Thorichthys and it is not the meeki. Now that he has finished coloring up and the finnage has stopped elongating, I think it is a great time to find out what I have. I was thinking that it is possibly Cichlasoma Maculipiensis, but I'm not sure for myself.

Thank you SteveW






Your comments:

From: Bjorn Ahlblad
I am fortunate to have the 'twin' of that beautiful male-hard to find more of them unfortunately. I have identified mine as Cichlasoma Aureum.............and have found info and pictures via Google using that name.

From: Dindia Zitek
looks very much like Ellioti to me. If it isn't they identified ours incorrectly.

From: Ody
This fish is close to the meeki but is better known as thorichthys pasionis because of the eye marks on the gill covers hope this helps

From: Reiner
The reason why you can't find any info on an Aureum is that it is spelled wrong. I believe your fish is a Thorichthys AureuS and yes it is closely related to the meeki

From: Dan C.
the fish in question is Thorichthys ellioti --- not aureum

From: Ember
common name:'horseface cichlid' typical elongated 'horse like' face and bright pattern it is often mistaken for Geophagus Brazilliensis





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