Cichla cataractae

The Peacock bass represents one of the largest of the cichlids. In fact, these freshwater fish are diurnal and aggressive, predatory fish native to the Amazon and Oronoco basins as well as other tropical rivers in South America. Even though their name implies so, they are not related to bass, such as the large or smallmouth bass.


These fish are now found on other continents such as North America and parts of Asia for their use as food and as a game fish. Peacock bass can be found in fish farms and introduced to lakes and rivers for the purpose of sportfishing. They have also been found in Australia.

They are a prized trophy fish among anglers for their tenacity and their beautiful colors and make a stunning addition to any game room.