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Peacock eyed chiclid also called Oscar

Peacock eyed chiclid also called Oscar
vogelcommando, 29 May 2014
    • gentle lemur
      Usually called an Oscar.
    • vogelcommando
      OK gentle lemur, I just translated the dutch name of this species being Pauwoog chiclide.
    • gentle lemur
      That's the trouble with common names. In English the peacock cichlid is Cichla ocellaris; which can be compared to the Oscar as the jaguar can be compared to the ocelot.

    • Chlidonias
      I've never been able to figure out why the species is called an Oscar. The best I could come up with is that it is derived from a corruption of the specific name ocellatus.

      They are (or at least used to be) commonly called velvet cichlids as well, which is much easier to figure out!
    • vogelcommando
      Oscars are in more ways intresting. In the USA several feral populations have been established ( South Florida, Hawaii and Puerto Rico ) and a small intresting fact is that there even is a connection with zoos.
      The first animals released on Hawaii for sport fishing seemed to have come from Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco in 1952 ! A few years later ( 1958 ) the Hawaii Division of Fish and Game released them even in larger numbers !
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