Nanochromis consortus Roberts & Stewart, 1976
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Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  5.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal,
Distribution:  Africa: lower Congo River rapids near Inga, in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 42510). Possibly also in the Cuvette Centrale (Ref. 52307).
Diagnosis:  Diagnosis: broad black band on outer edge of anal fin (especially in the much-smaller females); anterior dorsal fin rays extremely short, sometimes barely visible, more elongated in posterior portion; caudal fin in males somewhat lanceolate, although upper parts may possess elongated rays, giving it a lobe-like appearance; caudal fin more rounded in females; dorsal, anal and pelvic fin rays can be extremely elongated in males (Ref. 52307). Coloration: body bluish-gray, sometimes turquoise in the most anterior parts; snout, throat and breast slightly orange in some specimens; males with dark margins on body scales and well-developed rows of maculae on dorsal, anal and most of the caudal fin (save for the thin white margin on the upper edge); ripe females with red to violet belly that becomes extremely swollen immediately prior to spawning; large, white genital papilla always visible (Ref. 52307).
Biology:  Cave-spawner (Ref. 52307).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 (D2) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 24.11.93
Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 25.01.18

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