These fish inhabit freshwater and brackish water and are only rarely coastal marine. They originate from lowlands in southern Mexico to Honduras and northern South America.
Their diet mostly consists of terrestrial insects which are readily available at the surface, however they may consume other foods such as other invertebrates, diatoms and small fishes.
These fish spend most of their time at the surface of the water, with half of their eyes out of the water.
This species is extremely territorial during the breeding season.
Water pollution is one of their major threats.
- Latin Name: Anableps anableps
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