Essentially there are two known genera of cichlids that are found in Asia proper. These cichlids belong to the genus Etroplus
. So in total at present there are three species belonging to Etroplus which are E. canarensis, E. maculatus, and E. suratensis.
Of the three Etroplus or chromide cichlids, E. canarensis
is the rarest of this small group. They are called the banded chromide or the Canara pearlspot
and they are found in southern India and Sri Lanka. If we find Etroplus canarensis for sale they will be posted on this page!
The fourth cichlid on the Asian cichlid list is called Iranocichla hormuzensis
and this fish needs no introduction. This cichlids is the only species in its genus so it’s called a monotypic genus. As you have guessed by now this fish is from Iran and is known to be a mouthbrooding fish compared to the Etroplus species which are egg layers. This fish is extremely attractive and extremely rare in the hobby. You will see them for sale periodically but with no frequency. It’s a great smaller sized cichlid reaching some four inches in length and some suspect it may be endangered.
Asian Cichlid List of species