Bloch and Schneider 1801
The butterfly peacock bass is a member of the cichlid and tilapia family. It has a semi-elongate body, large mouth and a deep notch between the first and second dorsal fins. The body is olive to gold with between three and four black bars on the side. A gold-edged ocellus is present on the caudal fin base but absent in juveniles, and the lateral line is typically continuous, although it can be interrupted. There are between 67 and 82 lateral scales, and the anal fin has three spines. The caudal fin is truncated to slightly rounded. The butterfly peacock bass can be found in large drainage canals, creeks and lakes.
Status & distribution
- Status — Non-indigenous freshwater
- Florida Distribution — Peninsula drainages
- River Drainages — the Everglades