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Parrot cichlid is a hybrid cichlid. The fish was first created in Taiwan in around 1986. Its parentage is unknown, but the most commonly speculated pairings are
1. midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus) X redhead cichlid (Cichlasoma synspilum),
2. or the Severum (Heros severus) with the red devil cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus).
Blood parrots should not be confused with other parrot cichlids or salt water Parrotfish (family: Scaridae).
Because this hybrid cichlid has various anatomical deformities, controversy exists over the ethics of creating the blood parrot.
One of the most obvious deformities is its mouth, which has only a narrow vertical opening. This makes blood parrots somewhat harder to feed and potentially vulnerable to malnutrition.
This shot is from my Public Aquarium located at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. © All rights reserved
Also by Saroj Swain
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