Other names for the Butterfly Peacock Bass include the Butteryfly Pavon, pavon mariposa, pavon amarillo, pavon tres estrellas, marichapa in Spanish and tucunare in Portuguese.

The Butterfly Peacock Bass is native to tropical America through much of the Amazon and Orinoco watersheds. While there are four distinct species of the Peacock Bass, with the Buttery fly being one of three covered at BassFishing-Gurus.com, some fish biologists suggest that a dozen or more varieties might actually exist throughout South America. For us, the biggest problem was differentiating the bass from each other.

Which Peacock is Which?

Too many anglers mistakingy post a butterfly peacock bass as a speckled peacock bass and vice versus. A simple search on Google Images highlights this issue. For the purpose of accuracy on Bassfishing-Gurus.com, we have used many reference books which identify key marks on the fish and colour patterns that identify different species. We will go into the differences in more detail in each species Features and Size section.

Native to South America

While native to south and central America, the Peacock pavon, as it is known in South America, has been introduced to many countries throughout the world.

In the 1950s, the Butterfly Peacock Bass was introduced into modified canals and lakes in southern Florida, United States as part of an official state program. The butterfly peacock was also introduced to the waters of Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Panama, Singapore, Guam, Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the United States Virgin Islands.

Introducing the Butterfly Peacock Bass as a gaming fish into modified canals and lakes in southern Florida proved to be beneficial from an economic standpoint. However their introduction into Lake Gutan in Panama produced undesirable results, drastically changing the composition of fish populations in that canal.

Dangers of Foreign Species Introduction

There have also been some complaints that the introduction of the Butterfly Peacock Bass and other species into Florida waters has decreased the numbers of other species.

The Butterfly Peacock Bass has the ability to reproduce multiple times a year and is a voracious predator, which are likely the reasons for the change in the environment. However, the economic boom from the introduction has been beneficial to many residents and anglers in the state.

Other names for the Butterfly Peacock Bass include the Butteryfly Pavon, pavon mariposa, pavon amarillo, pavon tres estrellas, marichapa in Spanish and tucunare in Portuguese.