Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Cichlasomatinae
Etymology: Hypsophrys: Greek, hypsi = high + Greek, ophrys = eyebrow (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.0 - 8.0; dH range: 9 - 20. Tropical; 21°C - 34°C (Ref. 36880)
Central America: Atlantic slope of Nicaragua and western Costa Rica, in the San Juan River drainage, including Lake Nicaragua and Lake Managua.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36377)
(total): 18 - 19;
soft rays: 6 - 7. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: teeth properly incisor, even in young; caudal edge of mesethmoid with a unique shape; caudal edge of supraoccipital crest straight, inclined rostrad, its height 27% of postethmoid skull length; width of posterior premaxillary expansion greater than 41% of length of the same bone; arms of articular equal in length; gut S-folded ventrorostrally in adults, anal and medial loops nearly touching; with an abrupt, steep head profile (Ref. 74403).
Inhabits both lakes and rivers. Proliferates in rivers with medium to high velocities. Found between 35 and 535 m elevation (Ref. 36880). Feeds on aufwuchs which cover rocks and submersed trees and filaments of algae.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Spawns in caves. During spawning both parents completely change their color.
Schmitter-Soto, J.J., 2007. A systematic revision of the genus Archocentrus (Perciformes: Cichlidae), with the description of two new genera and six new species. Zootaxa 1603:1-78. (Ref. 74403)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.00861 - 0.04413), b=3.07 (2.88 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec=50-60).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (20 of 100) .