Geophagus proximus - Laikkutonkija
Identification Key of Laikkutonkija - Geophagus proximus
Geophagus proximus – Teles Pires
The name of this species is curious, since the Latin proximus means close. This is similar to many other species that were already known when the species was discovered and described scientifically.
It can be distinguished from other species by the preopercular mark, because it has no vertical bars on the body, even when stressed, and has a large lateral spot, which distinguishes it from Geophagus brachybranchus.
It is usually around 25 cm, although there are differences between some populations.
Geophagus proximus Castelnau, 1855
According to FISHBASE:
Kingdom = Animalia ; Phylum = Chordata ; Class = Actinopterygii ; Perciformes ; Family = Cichlidae ; Genus = Geophagus.
Size - Maximum Length: 34,8 cm.
Synonyms: Geophagus proximus, Chromys proxima.
Common name of Geophagus proximus: Cará, Acará Papa-Terra, Acaratinga, Chaperema-açu, Bujurqui, Laikkutonkija.
Reference: Ortega, H. and R.P. Vari, 1986. Annotated checklist of the freshwater fishes of Peru. Smithson. Contrib. Zool. (437):1-25.
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.