The little Apoyo cichlid is only found in Lake Apoyo, as is confirmed by a recent phylogenetic study conducted by Matthias Geiger, Jeffrey McCrary and Uli Schliewen, in coordination with Estacion Biologica. They are easy to observe, and our monitoring project gives us lots of opportunities to watch them year-round. Other members of the Midas cichlid species complex in Laguna de Apoyo are: Amphilophus chancho, Amphilophus flaveolus, Amphilophus globosus, Amphilophus supercilius, Amphilophus zaliosus. In addition, the jaguar cichlid, Parachromis managuensis is found in the lake; the molly, Poecilia sphenops; and the silversides, Atherinella sardina. Recent introductions of Gobiomorus dormitor and the Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, can be found as well.
You are welcome to join us in a SCUBA dive to see these fish in their natural environment.
All of the above pictures were taken by Ad Konings, and copyrights are preserved. Ad is a great colleague and friend, and we are grateful that he has taken interest in the cichlid fishes of Nicaragua. Please do not use these photographs without permission.
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