Number of Cichlid species

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How many Cichlid species are there?

New species are discovered annually; between 2000-3000

It is almost impossible to provide the exact number of Cichlid species.  Keep in mind that new Cichlid species are discovered annually.  Anyway, specialists consider that currently there are between 2000 and 3000 Cichlid species.  Needless to say, at least 1,650 species have been scientifically described till now.  It is important to know that Cichlids are fish from the family Cichlidae in the order Perciformes.    It is interesting to know the fact that Cichlids are among the most popular freshwater fish kept in the home aquarium.


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