Speckled Pavon


The Speckled‍ Pavon, ‌also known⁢ as the Peacock Bass, is a freshwater fish belonging ‍to the Cichlidae‍ family. It’s scientific name, “Cichla temensis”‍ underlines‍ its grouping among the cichlids.

Conservation Status

The Speckled Pavon is classified as ‌a species of ⁤’Least Concern’ on the conservation status. Thanks to successful stocking efforts across​ different areas, the population of the Speckled Pavon has remained stable.

Conservation Efforts

Efforts to maintain the population of the Speckled Pavon include the enforcement ⁣of‍ catch limits, strict fishing seasons, and the preservation of their natural habitats.


Considered one of the largest cichlids, the Speckled Pavon holds impressive statistics.

Statistic Average Range
Length 75 cm 35-90 cm
Weight 10 kg 4-14 kg
Average Lifespan 8-10 years N/A


A South ⁣American species, the Speckled Pavon is found widely in the Amazon ​and Orinoco river basins in countries such as Brazil, Columbia, and Venezuela.

Migration ⁤Patterns

Speckled Pavon are not known to be migratory. They tend ⁣to ⁢stay within their preferred habitats of still or slow-moving water bodies.


This species⁣ thrives in warm, tropical ‌freshwater environments. They are known for being most active when​ temperatures​ range between 26-30°C.

Water Type

Speckled‌ Pavon prefer freshwater habitats, typically in tropical rivers and lakes.

Depth Range

These ​fish are found at depths up ​to 20 meters but tend to‍ stay closer to the surface, particularly around cover like submerged vegetation or ‌fallen trees.

When and Where to See

Catch of Speckled Pavon tends to peak ‌between late spring to early fall, during⁢ the local wet season. However, they can be found year-round given the right conditions.

Best Fishing Locations

Top Spots

  • Amazon River, Brazil
  • Blackwater⁣ River, Orinoco ‌Basin, ⁤Venezuela
  • Paraiba do Sul River, Brazil
  • Napo River, Ecuador

Fishing Tips

Speckled Pavon are known to hide near submerged structures. Look out for areas with ⁤plenty of cover ‌and cast ​your lines there.

How to Catch

Using ⁤baits such as shrimp, tucunare, and other small fish can attract this species. Fishing techniques include trolling, casting, and live-bait fishing.

Identification Guide

The Speckled Pavon, true to its name, comes with a pattern of dark speckles on its ‌golden-green body. The fish⁣ has a unique⁢ “eye spot” near its tail which can be used ⁢for ⁤identification.⁢ Its body shape ​is somewhat ​similar to that of a largemouth bass.


How to Cook

The flesh of ‍the Speckled Pavon is delicate and‍ light. They’re ⁢tasty when⁢ grilled or⁢ baked, with flavors enhanced by citrus ⁢or herb marinades.

Nutrition Facts

With high protein ⁣and low-fat content,⁢ Speckled Pavon ⁣is a‌ delicious and ‌healthy⁣ choice. ⁢It’s packed with​ essential vitamins‌ and minerals like Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12 and​ Omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional Information

Speckled Pavon ‍are ⁤aggressive predators and primarily feed on smaller species, insects, and crustaceans. There’s been no significant human-induced ⁣threats reported. The ​species forms a cherished part of the sports fishing industry, with many anglers enjoying the challenge it ⁣presents.

References and Further Reading

Given the wealth of information available online about the Speckled Pavon‍ and its popularity among anglers, numerous resources discuss this species. Potential references include research articles, fishing guides, and ecological studies that provide a detailed understanding of the Speckled Pavon’s habits, ⁤habitats, and ‌characteristics