Pavón, Tucunare, Peacock Bass (Cichla)
The fish to which is applied the most pressure on sport fishing in our rivers of the Orinoco, is perhaps the PAVÓN, also known as peacock bass in Brazil, PEZ SERGENTO in Central America, TOEKOENALI in Surinam, LUKUNANI in Guyana, PEACOCK BASS In U.S.A.
Belonging to the Cichlidae family, the scientific names of the different varieties are: Cichla temensis - Cichla Ocellaris - Cichla Intermediate - cichla orinocensis - Cichla Monoculus.
The peacock bass is a medium sized fish with lengths between 30 cm and 1 meter. Each has a distinctively round eyespot on the caudal peduncle. The peacock bass are sedentary and live in lagoons, ponds, rivers and estuaries, preferring areas of slow or still waters. Couples breeding share the responsibility of protecting the nests, eggs and young. They are day fish that feed on anything small that moves, other fish and even small crustaceans.