Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Nothobranchiidae
Etymology: Nothobranchius: Greek, nothos = false + Greek, brangchia = gill (Ref. 45335); lucius: Name from Latin meaning pike, alluding to the stronger dentition (compared to its congeners), partly predatory behavior and pike-like appearance.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: eastern Tanzania (Ref. 83514).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83514); 5.9 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 13 - 19. A species of Nothobranchius of relative large size (Ref. 83514). It is distinguished from its congeners, N. melanospilus and N. makondorum, by its somewhat longer head, longer snout in both sexes, and its more slender body in male (Ref. 83514). Snout pointed, mouth subterminal, directed slightly upward; dorsal profile slightly concave on head, concave from nape to end of dorsal fin; caudal peduncle profile straight at upper and lower side (Ref. 83514). Supra-orbital squamation variable, but most specimens with G-type; anterior part of supra-orbital squamation partly covered with epidermal tissue (Ref. 83514). Central supra-orbital neuromast system in two distinct, shallow grooves, both lined with three shallow lobes on both sides; posterior cephalic neuromast system in two curved pits (Ref. 83514).
Occurs in seasonal pools and swamps and has an annual mode of reproduction; observations on captive specimens indicate that it can be predatory to smaller fish, although this behavior is not obligatory (Ref. 83514).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Wildekamp, R.H., K.M. Shidlovskiy and B.R. Watters, 2009. Systematics of Nothobranchius melanospilus species group (Cyprinodontiforme: Nothobranchidae) with description of two new species from Tanzania and Mozambique. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 20(3):237-254. (Ref. 83514)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg 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=0.01096 (0.00445 - 0.02704), 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
): 3.3 ±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) .