Flag Cichlid - Mesonauta festivus

The Flag Cichlid is a popular aquarium fish at pet shops.

The Flag Cichlids most distinguishing characteristic is a black stripe running from its mouth across the top of its back but not terminating at the tail like most black stripe cichlids with stripes do. Other colorations can be pretty variable. There are local color variation that can help distinguish which population the fish came from. But today most aquarium specimens are reared in captivity and are no longer distinctive but instead a genetic mix. The one photographed above is directly from the wild.

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