The Jack Dempsey Cichlid was so named for the 1920s boxer whose aggressive nature and toughness made him famous. Jack Dempsey’s are one of the prettiest fish around.

Species: Jack Dempsey Cichlid (Rocio octofasciata)
Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: July 8, 2018

The Jack Dempsey Cichlid was one of a few “longshots” I had on my Target List for my visit to Orlando. I knew they’d been recorded, but based on my research, only in scattered pockets, isolated ponds, and the like.

In fact, their range is supposed to be decreasing, rather than increasing.

Well, if the half dozen or so I landed are any indication, they’re still holding out in a few places, prancing around the ring and refusing to give up.

Apparently, they’ll need a knockout punch rather than a judge’s decision to finally admit defeat.

#SpeciesQuest // #CaughtOvgard

Read the next entry in #SpeciesQuest here: Species #142 — Dimerus Cichild.

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