How to identify a Speckled Peacock Bass
Adult speckled peacocks are distinguished by blotches on the opercula and three vertical black bars on the body which become more pronounced with age. Another color phase may have 4-6 horizontal rows of light colored dashes along the sides and speckling over the rest of the body and fins. This description may sound confusing, but it combines what was thought to be two different species until 1981, when it was determined that the two color patterns were from fish of the same species. This is the only Cichla spp. which has broken longitudinal lines and spots on the head, opercula and in the caudal and dorsal fins, resulting in a speckled appearance.
Where to catch Speckled Peacock Bass
It is native to South America’s Orinoco and Amazon River Basins, but has been introduced into other countries and is established in southeastern Florida as a result of a deliberate introduction made in 1985. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: