Hypsophrys nicaraguensis ( Günther 1864: 153 )

Angulo, Arturo, Naranjo-Elizondo, Beatriz, Rojas, Emmanuel & Ley-López, Juan Manuel, 2017, Fishes from the Tirimbina Biological Reserve, La Virgen de Sarapiquí, Heredia, Costa Rica, Check List 13 (5), pp. 683-702: 694

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http://doi.org/ 10.15560/13.5.683

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Hypsophrys nicaraguensis ( Günther 1864: 153 )


(22) Hypsophrys nicaraguensis ( Günther 1864: 153)   ; Butterfly cichlid (En), Moga amarilla (Sp)

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Body moderately elongate and deep; predorsal profile of head usually curved, snout convex, rarely pointed; mouth inferior, usually ventral; teeth of outer rows compressed antero-posteriorly (incisors), at least at the tip; lateral line conspicuous, divided into 2 straight overlapping sections; fins with strong spines; a single dorsal fin; anal fin spines 6–9; caudal fin truncate; general coloration grayish yellow, with the mid-body usually with a large black blotch on the mid-side crossed or not by a dark lat- eral stripe; upper portion of the snout usually yellowish or in some adult specimens grayish blue-green, without black stripes joining the eyes; iris usually yellowish; fins usually grayish yellow; maximum body length ca 165 mm SL.