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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Ovalentaria
Superordo: Cichlomorphae
Ordo: Cichliformes

Familia: Cichlidae
Subfamilia: Cichlinae
Genus: Teleocichla
Species (8): T. centisquama – T. centrarchus – T. cinderella – T. gephyrogramma – T. monogramma – T. preta – T. prionogenys – T. proselytus – T. wajapi

Teleocichla Kullander, 1988: 196

Gender: feminine

Type species: Teleocichla centrarchus Kullander, 1988

Fixation: original designation

Kullander, S.O. 1988. Teleocichla, a new genus of South American rheophilic cichlid fishes with six new species (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Copeia 1988 (1): 196–230. Abstract & first page


BHL bibliography
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Teleocichla – Taxon details on Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Teleocichla.
Nomenclator Zoologicus

Teleocichla is a genus of fish in the family Cichlidae found in the Tapajós, Xingu, Tocantins and Jari River basins, which are part of the Amazon River Basin in Brazil. All species are rheophilic, and highly elongated in shape.[1] They generally are smaller than 9 cm (3.5 in) in length,[2] making them some of the smallest cichlids of the Americas. Only T. preta can grow larger, reaching about 12 cm (4.7 in).[3] Since restricted to areas with fast currents (such as cataracts and rapids), they are particularly vulnerable to the building of dams,[3] and the Belo Monte Dam may cause the extinction of T. centisquama.[4] Other species recognized as threatened by Brazil's Ministry of the Environment are T. cinderella, T. prionogenys and T. wajapi.[5]

There are currently 9 recognized species in this genus,[2] but several undescribed species are known.[3]

Teleocichla centisquama Zuanon & I. Sázima (fr), 2002
Teleocichla centrarchus Kullander, 1988
Teleocichla cinderella Kullander, 1988
Teleocichla gephyrogramma Kullander, 1988
Teleocichla monogramma Kullander, 1988
Teleocichla preta H. R. Varella, Zuanon, Kullander & López-Fernández, 2016[3]
Teleocichla prionogenys Kullander, 1988
Teleocichla proselytus Kullander, 1988
Teleocichla wajapi H. R. Varella & C. L. R. Moreira, 2013[1]


Varella, H.R. & Moreira, C.R. (2013): Teleocichla wajapi, a new species of cichlid from the rio Jari, Brazil, with comments on T. centrarchus Kullander, 1988 (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Zootaxa, 3641 (2): 177–187.
Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2016). Species of Teleocichla in FishBase. January 2016 version.
Varella, H.R., Zuanon, J., Kullander, S.O. & López-Fernández, H. (2016): Teleocichla preta, a new species of cichlid from the Rio Xingu Basin in Brazil (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Journal of Fish Biology, 89 (3): 1551–1569.
Reis, R & Lima, F. (2009). "Teleocichla centisquama". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2009: e.T167711A6371319. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T167711A6371319.en.
ICMBio (Ministry of the Environment, Brazil): Portaria MMA nº 445, de 17 de dezembro de 2014. Lista de Especies Ameaçadas - Saiba Mais. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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