Pearl cichlid has been imported and successfully bred in Germany as
early as 1902. In the meantime there were several changes regarding the
name. Formerly known under the name of Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum it is
now a member of the genus Herichthys. It is believed that the large
spotted form, which we can offer right now as German bred ones, belongs
to the species Herichthys carpinte that originates from Mexico, whereas
the small spotted form is thought to represent the “real” Herichthys
cyanoguttatum. The latter is the only native cichlid of the US and the
northernmost species of cichlid at all.
Pearl cichlids are almost forgotten nowadays. So we are always glad
when once per year one of our breeders offers us this beautiful fish.
Currently the animals are 4-5 cm long. However, maximum length for the
species reported is about 30 cm. Large specimens are among the most
colorful species of cichlid at all!
For our customers: the fish have code 644502 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer