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Heros severus (Banded cichlid; Convict fish; Deacon; Sedate cichlid; Severum; Striped cichlid)

Synonyms: Cichlasoma severum
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Wikipedia Abstract

The banded cichlid, Heros severus (previously known as Cichlasoma severum), is a freshwater tropical cichlid native to the Amazon region in South America. This species is rarely found in the aquarium trade. The species in the aquarium trade is rather the more common Heros efasciatus. Hybrids between the two are possible but unlikely because of different breeding behaviors, with Heros severus being a mouth brooding cichlid. Common English names used of this species also include the convict fish, the deacon, the sedate cichlid, the severum and the striped cichlid.
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Diet [2]  Herbivore, Planktivore, Detritivore
Adult Length [1]  8 inches (20 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Florida Peninsula United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coastal Rivers    


Parasitized by 
Clinostomum heluans <Unverified Name>[3]
Gussevia alioides <Unverified Name>[3]
Gussevia arilla <Unverified Name>[3]
Gussevia dispar <Unverified Name>[3]
Gussevia disparoides <Unverified Name>[3]
Gussevia longihaptor <Unverified Name>[3]
Gussevia tucunarense <Unverified Name>[3]
Gussevia undulata <Unverified Name>[3]
Oligogonotylus manteri[3]
Procamallanus peraccuratus <Unverified Name>[3]
Pronamphistoma cichlasomae <Unverified Name>[3]
Proteocephalus macrocephalus[4]
Proteocephalus macrophallus <Unverified Name>[3]
Proteocephalus microscopicus <Unverified Name>[3]
Sciadicleithrum ergensi <Unverified Name>[3]
Sciadicleithrum umbilicum <Unverified Name>[3]
Sciadicleithrum uncinatum <Unverified Name>[3]
Sciadocephalus megalodiscus <Unverified Name>[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Biodome de Montreal
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Burger's Zoo
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
El Paso Zoo
Kyiv Zoological Park
Louisville Zoological Garden
Memphis Zoological Garden & Aquarium
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny w Lodz
Moulton College
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africa
Nikolaev Zoo of Nikolaev-City Council
Ouwehand Zoo
Permskii Zoologicheskii Sad
Phoenix Zoo
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
Wildlife World Zoo


Amazon; America, North - Inland waters; America, South - Inland waters; Brazil; Colombia; French Guiana; Guyana; Negro; Neotropical; Orinoco; South America: Orinoco River basin, in the upper Orinoco River drainage in Colombia and Venezuela; Amazon River basin, in the upper Negro River basin.; Suriname; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
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