Male in the aquarium
A male of Geophagus pyrocephalus in the aquarium. Photo by Philippe Burnel. determiner Rainer Stawikowski






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Geophagus pyrocephalus Chuctaya, Nitschke, Andrade, Wingert & Malabarba, 2022

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Original description as Geophagus pyrocephalus:


  • Chuctaya, Junior & Pedro Nitschke, Marcelo C. Andrade, Juliana Wingert, Luiz R. Malabarba. 2022. "A new species of Geophagus (Teleostei: Cichlidae): naming a cichlid species widely known in the aquarium hobby as “Geophagus sp. Tapajos Red head”". Journal of Fish Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.15207 (crc12031) (abstract)

Conservation: Geophagus pyrocephalus is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Geophagus pyrocephalus is widespread throughout the lower Tapajós basin, where it is relatively common. The species is commercially explored in the international aquarium trade and local communities use it for subsistence fishing. Although its main threat would be ornamental fishing, the species occurs in two conservation units, the Resex Tapajós- Arapiuns (Reserva Extrativista Tapajós-Arapiuns) and Flona do Tapajós (Floresta Nacional do Tapajós), which suggest the categorization as Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN criteria (Chuctaya et al., 2022:9).