Crenicichla alta Eigenmann, 1912, Gluck Island, Guyana.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Spangled pike cichlid.
Maximum length 6.3 in (16 cm). Elongate, pikelike, with pointed snout. Lower jaw extends beyond upper. Color grayish on flanks, with dark stripe running from tip of snout to caudal fin. Abdomen rose colored, cheek yellow. Ocelli on caudal fin and shoulder; dorsal, anal, and caudal fins have black and white edges.
Rio Branco River drainage, Brazil, and Essequibo River drainage, Guyana.
Rivers and streams.
Juveniles school together, adults are solitary.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on smaller fishes.
Spawns in caves, which males dig into the bank. Both parents care for eggs and fry.
Not listed by the IUCN.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Occasionally found in the aquarium trade.
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