CICHLIDS - Cichlidae
Fresh or brackish water (one marine species).
Some species widely introduced and farmed as food fish. (Introduced alien species in Antigua).
Body shape quite variable, mostly moderately deep and compressed. A nostril on each side of head. Interrupted lateral line in most species. Scales in lateral lines may be over 100, usually 20-50. Dorsal fin usually with 7-25 spines and 5-30 soft rays. Spines in anal fin 3-15 (generally 3); soft rays 4-15 (a few with 30).
Greek, kichle = a kind of fish