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© Saroj Swain
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Photo Info
UploadedJune 26, 2011
TakenJune 21, 2011
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.6
FlashCompulsory Flash, Return light detected
Focal Length105 mm


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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

17 responses

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    Brilliant shot, Saroj!! What nice, vibrant yellows. (Is this fish smiling?) It put a smile on my face. You really presented us with a gorgeous photo of this fish. Bravo!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    Thank you Patty!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    An excellent capture, and such brilliant colors! I was fascinated with your narrative...I had no idea these fish were created through science!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful shot, love the bright yellow !

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    colors in this are wonderful. Nicely captured.

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    Aha! What a coincidence! I have an exact orange variety of this parrot fish. They are adorable and not at all malnutritioned! :) They fight with their hard mutated mouths for territory and always beg for food with those big round eyes! My mother goes quite crazy mollycoddling them :)

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    Also, we had green, orange and yellow pairs in one tank. By the end of a few weeks, they had all become the same orange colour!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    I feel sorry for the poor little thing, but this is a colorful and pleasing photo.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (27 Jun 2011):

    super shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!love that yellow...

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (28 Jun 2011):

    So cute!

  • Valerie Anne Kelly

    Valerie Anne Kelly (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2011):

    Aww so cute sweetheART a joy - he is smiling at me lol! ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (1 Jul 2011):

    you know I like this! It does look like my Blood Parrot though.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (1 Jul 2011):

    What a beautiful capture of this awesome fish!! If you come to the states, I must get you to help me set up a salt water aquarium.

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (10 Jul 2011):

    ilus portree-hea töö

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (12 Jul 2011):

    Beautifully photographed, Saroj! Thanks for the informative narrative, very interesting indeed.

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    love this!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (5 Oct 2011):

    I think this fish thinks its an OWL..saying who who whoooooo

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