RE: NANFA-- Texas cichlid vs. Blue Texas cichlid

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Mon, 6 Jan 2003 11:45:28 -0600

Bob wrote:
>>>...I was just trying to track down a
rumor I heard---that most Texas cichlids sold in stores weren't Rio Grande
cichlids, but were really carpintes.<<<

Jan responds:
I e-mailed a taxonomist very familiar with SW Cichlasoma. He writes:

"The pearl cichlid, Cichlasoma carpintes, sometimes called the
'Texas green cichlid' or 'Texas blue cichlid' isn't from Texas. It's
native to the Rio Panuco system and used to be a subspecies of C.

To tell them apart (using my pitiful translation from Jose Alverez's keys
to the Mexican species)

cyanoguttatum= 30 to 33 scales in the lateral series; head length about 3
times in standard length

carpinites=frequently less than 30 scales in the lateral series; head
length about 2 times in standard length

Hope that's some help. If I recall correctly, it was European aquarists
that messed up the name for carpintes and called it the Texas cichlid. "

He also points out that the official common name for C. cyanogutatum is Rio
Grande cichlid.
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