Common name: Green Guapote
Synonyms and Other Names: sinaloa Cichlid, mojarra de Sinaloa, mojarra verde.
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Identification: Another name is Herichthys beani. Identifying characteristics were given in Conkel (1993). Color photographs appeared in Konings (1989), Axelrod (1993), and Conkel (1993).
Size: 30 cm SL.
Native Range: Tropical and subtropical America. Pacific Slope drainages of Mexico from the Río Presidio to Río Grande de Santiago (Conkel 1993).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Cichlasoma beani are found here.
Table last updated 12/3/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Probable aquarium release.
Status: The California population disappeared by 1979 because some of pond habitat had dried up (Shapovalov et al. 1981), or for some other unknown reasons (Courtenay and Stauffer 1990).
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Axelrod, H. R. 1993. The most complete colored lexicon of cichlids. Tropical Fish Hobbyist Publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ.
Conkel, D. 1993. Cichlids of North and Central America. Tropical Fish Hobbyist Publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ.
Courtenay, W. R., Jr., and J. R. Stauffer, Jr.. 1990. The introduced fish problem and the aquarium fish industry. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 21(3):145-159.
Konings, A. 1989. Cichlids from Central America. Tropical Fish Hobbyist Publications, Inc., Neptune City, NJ.
Shapovalov, L., A. J. Cordone, and W. A. Dill. 1981. A list of freshwater and anadromous fishes of California. California Fish and Game 67(1):4-38.
Revision Date: 3/16/2020
Peer Review Date: 6/7/1999
Nico, L., 2023, Cichlasoma beani (Jordan, 1889): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=440, Revision Date: 3/16/2020, Peer Review Date: 6/7/1999, Access Date: 12/3/2023
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