Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Nothobranchiidae
Etymology: Nothobranchius: Greek, nothos = false + Greek, brangchia = gill (Ref. 45335). More on author: Ahl.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; non-migratory. Tropical; 24°C - 28°C (Ref. 2059); 1°N - 3°S
Africa: found in drainage systems of Lake Victoria, Lake Albert and Katonga River in Uganda (Ref. 59344), in the Sio River floodplain and near Ahero in Kenya (Ref. 52331) and in the Lake Victoria system in Tanzania (Ref. 59344). Might occur further north in the Nile system (Ref. 59344).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27139)
Found in marginal, ephemeral, zones of permanent water bodies such as flowing creeks in papyrus swamps, small streams and dead river branches (Ref. 26661, 59344). Usually inhabits the more shallow and quiet parts between bordering vegetation; occasionally in temporary pools (Ref. 26661). Occurs in low water temperatures (21.8°C on average) (Ref. 97291). Incubation period of eggs in captivity is 4-8 weeks and young reach maturity at about 8 weeks (Ref. 59344). Bottom spawner, 4 months incubation (Ref. 27139).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Huber, J.H., 1996. Killi-Data 1996. Updated checklist of taxonomic names, collecting localities and bibliographic references of oviparous Cyprinodont fishes (Atherinomorpha, Pisces). Société Française d'Ichtyologie, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, 399 p. (Ref. 27139)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01072 (0.00433 - 0.02654), b=2.92 (2.71 - 3.13), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .