(redirected from Cichlids)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


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
References in periodicals archive ?
Mayan cichlids, called fireballs by some anglers, and oscars are found in the southern portion of the region and are great sport and great on the plate.
When faced with a real opponent, the researchers tell us, cichlids tend to show their right side in aggression displays.
Come and see freshwater fishes from South and Central America, the most diverse freshwater region in the world and a key component of ROM research, including members of the extremely diverse families of cichlids, armoured catfishes, and electric knifefishes.
The research on African cichlids was inspired by anecdotal reports of their intelligence from aquarium owners.
According to the Canadian scientists, who studied African Cichlids, a popular aquarium species, fish demonstrate several complex behaviours, including aggression, causing the scientists to predict that they could be capable of advanced memory tasks.
FZL-6100 comes in three light options for different modes: Nature light (Green color) is for all ornamental fish, Marine Day (Brown color) is perfectly used for marine fish, marine invertebrates and African Cichlids.
Trophic spectrum of the cichlids Cichlasoma (Parapetenia) istlanum and Cichlasoma (Arconcentrus) nigrofasciatum in the Amacuzac River, Morelos, Mexico.
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.
Geese, hissing cockroaches, cichlids, great tits, mallards, sparrows and European rabbits have all starred in such studies.
The major problem with this Cichlids is runting [1], this is a condition whereby the fish become sexually mature at a small size, and actually reproduce resulting in many small fishes with very little market value (Balarin, 1979).
Modern examples of this diversity are the fish family of cichlids, with more than 1,000 documented species, or "Darwin's finches" of the Galapagos Islands, which exhibit many different beak types.