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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Ordo: Perciformes
Subordo: Labroidei
Familia: Cichlidae
Subfamilia: Geophaginae
Genus: Mikrogeophagus
Species: M. altispinosa - M. ramirezi


Mikrogeophagus Meulengracht-Madson in Schiötz & Christensen, 1968

Vernacular names
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Sommerfuglciklider

Microgeophagus (Mikrogeophagus or Papiliochromis are often used instead, but both are junior synonym)[1] is a genus of small cichlids that only includes two species: M. ramirezi and M. altispinosa. Both species are popular with aquarists, especially M. ramirezi. They are native to the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America.

These species spawn on flat rocks or leaves and not in caves like fishes from the closely related cichlid genus Apistogramma.


^ Isbrücker, I. J. H. (2011). Zum Gattungsnamen der Schmetterlingsbuntbarsche. DATZ 5/2011: 10-17

Kullander, S.O., 2003. Cichlidae (Cichlids). p. 605-654. In: R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil.
Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). Species of Microgeophagus in FishBase. May 2006 version

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