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Any of numerous tropical and subtropical chiefly freshwater fishes of the family Cichlidae, which includes the tilapias and many species that are popular as aquarium fish.

[From New Latin Cichla, type genus, from Greek kikhlē, a kind of fish; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

cich′lid adj.


(Animals) any tropical freshwater percoid fish of the family Cichlidae, which includes the mouthbrooders. Cichlids are popular aquarium fishes
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Cichlidae
[C19: from New Latin Cichlidae, ultimately from Greek kikhlē a sea fish]
ˈcichloid adj


(ˈsɪk lɪd)

any freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae of South America, Africa, and S Asia, superficially resembling the American sunfishes and popular in home aquariums.
[1880–85; < New Latin Cichlidae <Cichl(a) a genus (< Greek kíchlē thrush, wrasse)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cichlid - freshwater fishes of tropical America and Africa and Asia similar to American sunfishescichlid - freshwater fishes of tropical America and Africa and Asia similar to American sunfishes; some are food fishes; many small ones are popular in aquariums
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
bolti, Tilapia nilotica - important food fish of the Nile and other rivers of Africa and Asia Minor
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In this crater lake the geographical conditions of this bathymetry might have provided the Midas cichlids with the opportunity to adapt to the open-water.
Because cichlids exhibit strong phenotypic plasticity in body size and shape (Trapani, 2003), it is reasonable to expect populations in different wetland communities to respond to local conditions.
The fish, Lake Malawi Cichlids, were not just financially valuable as they also reminded him of his native South Africa, having moved to the North East in 2001.
While some species are considered a nuisance, many provide excellent fishing opportunities, including butterfly peacock bass, Mayan cichlids, Oscars, and bullseye snakehead.
centrarchids, cichlids, and cyprinids), and it is possible that D.
Male cichlids are mainly freshwater fish that may go after other fish who dare cross their path.
All I'm saying is, if the contestants all get up one morning to find those cichlids flapping and suffocating on the carpet in a vain attempt to make a break for the door, then don't tell the RSPCA I didn't warn you.
In this week's issue of the journal "PLoS Biology," researchers supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, report they have deduced a network of dental genes in cichlids that likely was present to build the first tooth some half a billion years ago.
This difference in vision, observed in fish in an African lake, could be pushing red-tinged cichlids to branch off from their blue-tinged brethren and to form a new species.
In the second half of Experiment 2, the students placed individual pike cichlids in 10gallon tanks, which were allowed 5 minutes to acclimate to their new surroundings.
German scientists filmed thumbnail-sized cichlids in aquariums on board the unmanned craft's 10-minute flight from Sweden.
The cichlids were in an unmanned rocket that blasted off from a launch pad in northern Sweden yesterday.