Vieja bifasciata (Steindachner, 1864)
Twoband cichlid
photo by Dubosc, J.

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
Max. size:  30 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Central America: Atlantic slope, in the Grijalva and Usumacinta River basins in Mexico and Guatemala.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Inhabits calm waters of lakes, lagoons and lower river valleys with slow to moderate flowing current. Feeds mainly on bottom detritus and vegetable matter but will eat most all forms of plant life from algal filaments to terrestrial plants.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 24 September 2018 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 29.04.97
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 24.03.17
Checked by: Kullander, Sven O. - 14.03.01

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