RE: NANFA-- SC Cichlids (was Esox americanus)

Michael Sandel (
Mon, 23 Feb 2004 19:41:48 -0800 (PST)

We've only got one native Cichlid. Herichthys cyanoguttatum, the "Texas Cichlid" which only naturally occurs in the southern part of that state. It is very possible to collect nonindigenous Cichlids throughout the U.S., however. We occasionally get Convicts and Jack Dempseys in Ohio, but anything capable of being released from an aquarist can potentially be caught when the temps are high enough. Almost all species will die during even a mild winter in most states. I wouldn't doubt that a few species could overwinter in South Carolina, maybe even raise a brood or two, but I am not aware of any established populations at that latitude. If you have caught some, they are probably native to northern Central America (Cichlasomines), as they seem to be the most able to adapt to SE U.S. habitats. If you are specifically looking to collect Cichlids, check the warm water effluents of power plants, they often provide constant temps which allow for prolonged survival of all sorts of trop
goodies. If you are REALLY interested, check out "Nonindigenous Fishes of the U.S.", published by American Fisheries Society, probably the best reference ever for this kinda stuff.

Henry Jeffery Puryear <> wrote:
Has anyone ever heard of chiclids in South Carolina. I forget the name
they are called. But they are not native, right? Thanks!

Michael Sandel

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