Red-striped Eartheater Geophagus surinamensis

Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
Eartheater (Earth-eater) cichlids are named after the way they suck mud or sand into their extendable mouth before filtering it for small invertebrates and detritus to eat and expelling the residue.
Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
The attractive, iridescent Red-striped Eartheater is native to rivers, canals and lakes of Suriname and French Guiana in the northwest of South America.
Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
Adults reach a length of some 25-30cm (a foot). They emit sounds by grinding their teeth, thought to be to communicate with one another.
Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
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Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
Red-striped Eartheater
They are non-aggressive, non-territorial fish. Parents protect hatchling fry in their mouths.