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The Mayan Cichlid (Cichlasoma urophthalmus) is a moderate-sized cichlid fish (to about 30 cm) native to the Atlantic Slope from Rio Coatzcoalcos, Mexico, to the Rio Prinzapolka, Nicaragua. It is now well established as an exotic species in southern Florida as well (one of numerous species of exotic cichlids now established in Florida). It is found in freshwater marshes and mangrove swamps, tolerating a wide range of salinity and breeding in both fresh and salt water. (Page and Burr 1991).