cich·​lid | \ ˈsi-kləd How to pronounce cichlid (audio) \

Definition of cichlid

: any of a family (Cichlidae) of mostly tropical spiny-finned usually freshwater fishes including several kept in tropical aquariums

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The ligament molecule was introduced to the existing genetic pathway in a different species of cichlid that did not have the snout, Albertson said. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Fish with a ‘big schnoz’ helps UMass scientists understand strange genetic traits," 19 June 2018 Brightly colored Rio Grande perch, the only cichlid native to North America and endemic to streams in southern and central Texas, are there, too. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Catch the good times rolling on the rivers," 12 May 2018 Zaremba said live worms such as nightcrawlers will catch oscars, Mayan cichlids, spotted sunfish and bluegills. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Canal fishing is about to get even better in the coming weeks. And here is why | Miami Herald," 30 Mar. 2018 In addition, his charters catch peacock bass, bluegills, spotted sunfish, shellcrackers, speckled perch, chain pickerel, mudfish and non-native species such as oscars, Mayan cichlids and jaguar guapotes. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Canal fishing is about to get even better in the coming weeks. And here is why | Miami Herald," 30 Mar. 2018 But a 2015 study in Biology Letters describes a species of cichlid in East Africa's Lake Tanganyika that casts a much wider net. National Geographic, "How Snakes, Spiders, and Other Predators Fool Their Prey," 16 Feb. 2017 The program will have a garden that students will learn to maintain and an aquarium filled with African cichlids, Calhoun said. Rachael Pacella, Washington Post, "After-school program seeks to bring environmental education to diverse communities," 25 Oct. 2017 That list includes Rio Grande perch, the only cichlid native to the United States and native in this country only to Texas. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Finding treasures on the upper Nueces," 21 Oct. 2017 While researchers know the lake is teeming with various cichlid fishes, there are likely far more species still undiscovered. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Use Teeny Bits of Leftover DNA to Solve Wildlife Mysteries," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cichlid

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cichlid

from the base of New Latin Cichlidae, family name, from Cichla, a genus in the family (borrowed from Greek kíchlē "thrush, a species of wrasse," probably of pre-Greek substratal origin) + -idae -idae

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The first known use of cichlid was in 1884

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