ⓘ Iranocichla hormuzensis

                                     

ⓘ Iranocichla hormuzensis

Iranocichla hormuzensis also known as the Iranian Cichlid is a species of mouthbrooding fish from the cichlid family. It is restricted to freshwater and brackish habitats in the drainage of the Mehran River in southern Iran above the Straits of Hormuz. It was formerly regarded as the only species in its genus, but another species, I. persa was described in 2016. These are the only cichlids native to Iran and among the few cichlids in Asia.

I. hormuzensis reaches a standard length of about 11 cm 4.3 inches and a total length of about 13 cm in 5.1. He has a strong body. The young exhibit a silver-green color with no pigmentation of the fin. Adults are mainly black with silver speckles on the body and stripes on the dorsal fin. Unlike I. the Persians, the breast and head mating male I. hormuzensis Blackish, not orange. Although it has not been evaluated by the IUCN, some authorities believe it is highly threatened.