Distribution and Habitat
Cichlids can be found in the lowland freshwater tropical/subtropical regions of the world. A majority of this species can be located in the great lakes of East Africa.
Variations of the Cichlid species will occupy almost every freshwater habitat type usually in that of lakes and or rivers.
Cichlids are distinct from that of all other freshwater fish primarily due in large part to their interrupted lateral line and the single opening of the nostrils.
Cichlids are parental in nature, meaning they care for their eggs and young unlike that of other species.