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Crenicichla inpa Ploeg, 1991

Crenicichla inpa

Ploeg, 1991


Popular Names: Ladybird.

Size: Small size, can reach up to 18.4 cm.

  It makes up the group of main predators in many streams in South America, it feeds on a variety of prey, including fish, micro and macrocrustaceans, invertebrates, shrimp, molluscs. A curious fact is that, apparently, different species of this group that co-inhabit, tend to share food resources.


  Pointed snout with wide mouth. Maxilla extending below orbit. Dorsal spines gradually increasing. Spot in a round shape, surrounded by a ring of light, located above the base of the caudal fin. The species of Crenicichla present great morphological variation, this is evidenced in the taxonomic problematic that permeates this group.

 Lotic environments, with sandbanks, rocks or foliage, and may also occur in lakes. Optimal temperature range between 26 to 29 °C and pH from 6.5 to 7.5.

Geographic distribution

  It is recorded over a wide area of the Amazon River basin in Brazil.

potential for cultivation
  Jacundás are species appreciated in aquarism, they have quite variable behavior, but with a strong tendency to be aggressive, drawing the attention of jumbo aquarists (term used for the hobby that consists of the ornamental cultivation of large fish).

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