Common name: Threespot Cichlid
Synonyms and Other Names: red eyed cichlid
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Identification: Identifying characteristics were given by Conkel (1993). Color photographs appeared in Loiselle (1980a), Konings (1989), Conkel (1993), and Axelrod (1993). Other names include Heros trimaculatus and Herichthys trimaculatus.
Size: 36.5 cm SL (Conkel 1993).
Native Range: Pacific slope drainages of Middle America from Laguna Coyuca, Mexico to the Río Lempa, El Salvador (Loiselle 1980a; 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 trimaculatum are found here.
Table last updated 12/2/2022
† Populations may not be currently present.
* HUCs are not listed for states where the observation(s) cannot be approximated to a HUC (e.g. state centroids or Canadian provinces).
Means of Introduction: Probable aquarium release (Courtenay and Stauffer 1990).
Status: The Florida populations was first discovered in the mid-1970s (Shafland 1976); it was eradicated by personnel of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission in 1975 (Courtenay and Stauffer 1990). The status of the Hillsborough Co. population is uncertain but it is probably no longer extant as no additinoal collections have been reported. The only published information on the Nevada introductions was an abbreviated account given by Robins et al. (1991b).
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.
Leo Nico, and Bill Loftus
Revision Date: 7/12/2012
Peer Review Date: 7/12/2012
Leo Nico, and Bill Loftus, 2022, Cichlasoma trimaculatum (Günther, 1867): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=452, Revision Date: 7/12/2012, Peer Review Date: 7/12/2012, Access Date: 12/3/2022
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