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The males of this cichlid have a huge clear liquid filled ‘hump’ on their forehead that starts at the top of the head at the beginning of the dorsal fin and continues down to the upper lip. The shape of this ‘hump’ gives them a very square and large looking head. They also shimmer with dazzling iridescent colored speckles on their sides ranging from green to blue. These beautiful speckles could also be seen in their ventral and anal fins. The male has a long extension on his dorsal fin as seen in most cichlid species. Both sexes have also the vertical bars. The females are a bit smaller than the males and lack hump.

Los machos de este cíclido poseen una protuberancia llena de líquido en su frente, la cual comienza en la parte superior de la cabeza al comienzo de la aleta dorsal y continúa hasta el labio superior dándoles una forma casi cuadrada. Sus escamas brillan con colores iridescentes que varían del verde al azul. Dichas iridiscencias pueden también verse en la aleta dorsal y anal. Otro aspecto característico de los machos es una larga extensión en ambos extremos de la cola como ocurre en muchos cíclidos. Ambos sexos poseen barras verticales. Las hembras a su vez son más pequeñas y carecen de la joroba.
(Río Uruguay – Salto)

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