Black Acaria: Cichlasoma bimaculatum
Small, stout, convex-headed, bream-looking body-shape with two
black blotches on side, the larger blotch at mid-body and a smaller
one near base of tail; color variable with gray-blue-silver-brown
base, sometimes with light blue-green sheen.
Most common in shallow, stagnant, roadside ditches or similarly
disturbed habitats that normally contain few other fishes;
infrequent in larger canals and lakes; early success of this fish
in Florida led to an erroneous conclusion that it would have
significant negative effects on native fishes.
Spawning Habitats: Both parents
guard the young; nearly all sexually mature by four inches; spawns
throughout the year laying an average of about 1,000 eggs.
Feeding Habits: Fish remains were
found in nearly half the stomachs examined, along with aquatic
insects, plant material, snails, and detritus.
Age and Growth:
Maximum size about eight inches and weight about four
Sometimes provides a good kid's fishery when found in small pond
without many predators; no bag or size limits.
Too small to be of much value.
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