|Status within Australia:
||Generally available. Most LFS have access to this species.
||Threadfin Eartheater, Threadfin Cichlid, Threadfin Acara
|Quite distinct and not likely confused with other species as adults, may be confused with Mikrogeophagus when young.
Tunnel / Cave Spawner.
||Acarichthys heckelii has a widespread distribution in equatorial Amazonia. Weidner discusses two types, one of which has a pointed head and was exported in the late 80's from Guyana, the other which is seen more these days has a more rounded head. In Australia there seems to be many fish which display a second or even third lateral spot. It is quite likely that someone is supplying the wholesalers here and have breeders carrying this trait.
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