Nanochromis nudiceps (Boulenger, 1899)
Nanochromis nudiceps
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Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal,
Distribution:  Africa: Kinsuka rapids (at the exit of Pool Malebo) and the middle Congo River basin (Ref. 41580, 41585, 41590, 41591, 42510, 45441, 72505) in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Diagnosis:  Description: body slender; head fairly robust; caudal fin usually rounded, in some males rays of upper lobe may be slightly elongated; ripe females possess a large and easily-seen genital papilla (Ref. 52307). Coloration: body grayish-brown to bluish gray, lighter ventrally; turquoise iridescent blotch often visible on flanks; during certain behavioral situations, dusky vertical bars may be present on body, reaching from back to about middle of body; both sexes usually with red spot directly above eye, always more visible and larger in females (rarely extending to about mid-body); males with many alternating rows of dark and pale spots in caudal fin and in soft dorsal and anal fins, females lack spots in their fins; both sexes may exhibit 1 or (rarely) 2 thin white margins on upper edge caudal fin; males with dark-margined body scales; ripe female with violet belly, sometimes with a reddish flush (Ref. 52307).
Biology:  Cave-spawner (Ref. 52307).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 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
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 22.03.94

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