Speckled Peacock Bass Cichla temensis

Speckled Peacock Bass
Speckled Pavon
Speckled Peacock Bass
The Speckled Peacock Bass, also called Speckled Pavon, is a cichlid that looks like a bass, native to slow-moving blackwater rivers of northwestern South America, mainly the Orinoco and Rio Negro systems. It is one of the two largest cichlids in the world and can reach around a metre length (the other being Africa's Giant Cichlid of Tanganyika).
Speckled Peacock Bass
Speckled Pavon
Speckled Peacock Bass
Basic colour and patterns vary: the usual grey or olive background with red pelvic, anal and lower tail fins is supplemented by 3 dark vertical bars that fade with age. Non-breeding adults have the white speckles that give the fish its name. All have a dark mark on the gill behind the eye and a white-bordered black spot near the tail on each side. It is a piscivorous predator with a large mouth.