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Species Amatitlania nigrofasciata (Günther, 1867)

Convict Cichlid, Zebra Cichlid




Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Ross River & streams around Townsville, QLD (19°18'S 146°48'E), the Hazelwood power station cooling pondage and adjacent Eel Creek, Morwell, VIC (38°17'S, 146°24'E), and recently reported from a small lake in Forest Crescent Reserve, Thornlie, WA (32°05'S, 115°57'E), although this population may not be established (Duffy et al 2013); tropical

Introduced from Central America.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Qld, Vic, WA: South East Coastal Plain (SCP), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Wet Tropics (WT)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors


Extra Ecological Information

Population in Victoria survives in ponds heated by discharge from Hazelwood power station.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp., 63 pls. [215] (as Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)

Allen, G.R., Allen, C.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Cichlidae. pp. 1435-1438 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1437] (as Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [369] (as Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)

Arthington, A. & Cadwallader, P. 1996. Cichlids - Cichlidae. pp. 176-180 in McDowall, R.M. (ed.). Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Sydney : Reed Books 247 pp. [178] (as Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)

Cadwallader, P.L. & Backhouse, G.N. 1983. A Guide to the Freshwater Fish of Victoria. Melbourne : F.D. Atkinson Government Printer 249 pp. figs. [181] (as Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)

Corfield, J., Diggles, B., Jubb, C., McDowall, R.M., Moore, A., Richards, A. & Rowe, D.K. 2008. Review of the impacts of introduced ornamental fish species that have established wild populations in Australia. Prepared for the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. 277 pp. [20] (as Archocentrus nigrofasciatus)

Duffy, R., Snow, M. & Bird, C. 2013. The convict cichlid Amatitlania nigrofasciata (Cichlidae): first record of this non-native species in Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 28(1): 7-11

Koehn, J.D. & MacKenzie, R.F. 2004. Priority management actions for alien freshwater fish species in Australia. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 38(3): 457-472 [459] (as Archocentrus nigrofasciatus)

McDowall, R.M. (ed.) 1996. Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Sydney : Reed Books 247 pp. [178] (as Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)

Merrick, J.R. & Schmida, G.E. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes Biology and Management. Sydney : J.R. Merrick 409 pp. figs 280 col. figs. [347] (as Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
26-Aug-2015 LABROIDEI 07-Feb-2012 MOVED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2017 07-Feb-2012 MODIFIED
05-Aug-2014 MODIFIED