Geophagus altifrons - Viiritonkija
Identification Key of Viiritonkija - Geophagus altifrons
Geophagus altifrons – Teles Pires
The name of the species is derived from the Latin altus = high + forehead = fron, meaning high forehead. It is a species widely distributed in several rivers of the Amazon, with known populations in the Negro, Tapajós, Trombetas, Tocantins, Araguaia, Uatumã, Guamá, Xingu and Curua Rivers, with some differences in color between them. It is one of the largest of its kind, and can reach 30 cm.
They can be distinguished from their counterparts by the lack of vertical bars on the body, even when stressed and by the lack of lateral stain or if present only as two or three points, this being unique to the species.
Geophagus altifrons Heckel, 1840
According to FISHBASE:
Kingdom = Animalia ; Phylum = Chordata ; Class = Actinopterygii ; Perciformes ; Family = Cichlidae ; Genus = Geophagus.
Distribution: South America: Amazon River basin in Brazil.
Size - Maximum Length: 26.5 cm.
Synonyms: Geophagus altifrons.
Common name of Geophagus altifrons: Cará, Acará Papa-Terra, Chaperema, Viiritonkija.
Reference: Kullander, S.O., 2003. Cichlidae (Cichlids). p. 605-654. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil.
Na Amazônia, do século XIX, devido à cobiça pela borracha, Wawatu, cunhatã do clã Aruak, tem sua aldeia dizimada por brancos. Apesar de ser forçada a viajar para um local desconhecido, casar-se com guerreiro de origem Karib e sofrer com as diferenças de costumes de seus familiares, ela se apaixona.