01-07-2007, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by musho3210
im pretty sure chichlids also come from freshwater lakes in north and south america, im not sure about the great lakes though...
Per Wikipedia (and this squares with what I have read elsewhere), Cichlids are most diverse in Africa and South America. There are also poulations in Central America (Nicaraguensis and Firemouth), 1 species in the Middle East, 1 in Iran, and 4 in the Indian Subcontinent. North America is largely free of cichlids except where they have been introduced (in Florida, for instance). There are also introdued populations in Southeast Asia (genus Cichla - peacock bass, a gamefish, just like in Florida).
That's cichlids of the world for you in 10 seconds or less.