They were first vertebrate animals. The Cichlid family differentiated by adapting to live in fresh waters. In Oltremare park they swim with alligators

Cichlids and alligators

In the central lake of Darwin coexists with the two huge alligators, a numerous herd of African cichlids , real living fossils.

Cichlids are a group of small to medium-sized fish found in freshwater habitats in the tropics. They have undergone rapid diversification in Africa, which is home to at least 1100 species, this process has been particularly important in the Great Lakes of the East African Rift Valley (Tanganyika, Malawi and Victoria Lakes) from which our specimens originate.

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