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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.
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(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
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(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)]
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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 cichlids, each tooth is replaced in one-for-one fashion every 20 to 50 days."
Herichthys is the most boreal genus among the Neotropical cichlids (Kullander, 2003) with relatively high number of species and with a high proportion of the various ecomorphologies found among Middle American cichlids (Rican, Pialek, Dragova, & Novak, 2016; Perez-Miranda et al., 2018).
Cichlids and carps are commonly affected by trichodinids which cause "epizootic" buds with great economic losses in cultures (Paperna, 1996).
Florida's coastal fishing has suffered over the years, and more and more anglers are turning toward the inland waters to fish for trophy largemouth bass, peacock bass, snook, baby tarpon, cichlids, and a host of other exotic species.
When you are done, you can walk 30 feet and learn about the shrimp industry from Chris Lukhaup, "The Shrimp King." Down the aisle, the American Cichlid Association (ACA) is hosting a fish show, where some of the most amazing cichlids are on display.
Forty-eight convict cichlids with 0.54[+ or -]0.27g mean weight (SD[+ or -]) and 2.8[+ or -]0.53 cm mean length were placed in four glass aquaria (A1, A2, B1, B2, each stocked with12 fish).
The aquarium is exciting with the many species of lung fish and cat fish swimming gracefully including the increasingly rare indigenous and threatened cichlids in lakes like Victoria.
The collapse of indigenous fish such as tilapia and cichlids has had disastrous consequences on lake town economies and rural livelihoods.
The cichlids swim about in their tank; now and then, one of them leaves the group then re-joins it a few minutes later.
Cichlids and the channid P obscura were significantly (ANOVA I, P< 0.05) more abundant in February and almost absent in July where the silurid C.