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Andinoacara coeruleopunctaus

A coeruleopunctaus
Andinoacara coeruleopunctaus
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Andinoacara coeruleopunctaus is a medium sized fish in the genus, it has a TL(Total length) of 7.6 ".
It is distributed in Central America: Atlantic slope of Panama and Pacific slope of Costa Rica (Coto River).


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Andinoacara coeruleopunctaus was first described by Kner in 1863 as Acara coeruleopunctaus.
It was afterwards placed in genus Aequidens, however 1n 2009 a new genus Andinoacara was described based on Molecular data.
Andinoacara genus is further spilt up-to into two clades, Andinoacara pulcher group and Andinoacara rivulatus group.
The genus name Andinoacara is formed by two words "Andino" and "Acara".
Andino refers to Andes Mountain Chain in South America, these cichlids are found on the slopes of Andes mountains and in the valley formed by three arms of Northern Andes.
The term "Acara" has been used historically for Cichlids.
So the term Andinoacara literally means "Cichlids from Mountain Andes".
The species name coeruleopunctaus is derived from two latin words "caeruleus" and "punctatus" meaning sky blue (caeruleus) and spotted (punctatus). The name refers to attractive blue spots on the fish.


Shape :-

Body shape is elongate , body depth is 47% of standard length.
Head length is 41% of SL and head depth is 66% of head length.
Nape is curved.
Snout is broad and moderately elevated, the profile of snout is straight.
Orbit(eyes) are in middle of length of head, in upper half of depth of head.
Inter orbital(between eyes) space is 15 % of SL and is wider than mouth.
Cleft of mouth is slightly oblique and does not reach the vertical line drawn from eye.
Fold of lower lip is interrupted in middle.
There are 8 series of scales between throat and root of ventral.
Dorsal fins has 15 spines and 10 rays.
Dorsal fin spines are of moderate strength, they gradually increase in length posteriorly.
Middle of soft dorsal fin is produced and extends beyond caudal fin.
Anal fin is produced and has 3 spines, it extends beyond middle of caudal fin.
Caudal fin is rounded;
Pectoral fin is as long as head, reaching only to origin of anal.
There are three series of scales on cheek.
There are 26-27 scales in E1 row. E1 row is the scale row just above lower lateral line.

Distribution & Habitat

Andinoacara coeruleopunctaus It is distributed in Central America: Atlantic slope of Panama and Pacific slope of Costa Rica (Coto River)


In its native habitat A. coeruleopunctaus feeds on small insects and other carnivorous material. In aquarium it should be given predominately carnivorous diet.


The ground color of this species is beige to yellow.
A number of lines of sky-blue color, some of the lower of which are interrupted, obliquely cross the cheeks and pre-operculum in a posteriorly ascending direction.
There are five vertical bands on the sides and a barely recognizable spot on the caudal peduncle .
A coeruleopunctaus has a prominent black stripe below the eye.
Caudal and dorsal fin have blue / black points .

Tank Size and setup:

A. coeruleopunctaus are medium sized fish and should be kept in a aquarium of about 300 liters with good filtration

Tank Mates:

It is an aggressive species and can be kept with similar sized fish like Oscars etc or It can be kept in species only tank


Andinoacara coeruleopunctaus is a monogamous substrate spawner and both sexes share in all the duties of brood care.
There are no obvious external sex differences in fin length or intensity of colour pattern.
The female, however, is usually the more active partner as long as the pair cares for eggs or larvae, while the male defends the spawning territory against intruders.
Like most other open brooders these cichlids deposit their eggs on a horizontal surface.
At 27 °C hatching occurs about two days post spawning, and the fry attempt swimming seven days thereafter.
The male and female fish practice long-term bi parental defense of their mobile fry.

Species Snapshot

Species Card

Particulars Details
Scientific Name Andinoacara coeruleopunctaus
Common Name Mojarra
Genus Andinoacara
Subfamily Cichlasomatinae
Geographical Origin Central America: Atlantic slope of Panama and Pacific slope of Costa Rica (Coto River).
Diet Carnivore
Gender Differences Dimorphic
Breeding Substrate Spawner
Temperament Aggressive
Con Specific Temperament Mildly aggressive
Water hardness Soft, ph range: 5.5-6.7, dh Range: 1-3
Difficulty Level in Aquariums 3

Morphometric Data

Particulars Details
Total Length(inches) 7.60
Standard Length(inches) 5.60

Measurements as % of Total Length

Particulars Details
Body Depth 46.40 %
Head length 40.52 %
Pre Dorsal length  %
Pre Pectoral length 40.26 %
Pre Anal length 68.00 %
Pre Pelvic length 38.68 %
Caudal Peduncle Depth  %
Caudal Peduncle Length  %
Fork length  %
Length of Last Dorsal Fin Spine  %
Pectoral Fin Length  %
Pelvic Fin Length  %

Measurements as % of Head Length

Particulars Details
Head Width  %
Snout length  %
Eye diameter 25.40 %
Pre Orbital Length 34.60 %
Inter Orbital Width  %
Pre Orbital Depth 34.60 %

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