Nanochromis splendens Roberts & Stewart, 1976
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Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  4.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Africa: lower Congo River rapids in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 42510).
Diagnosis:  Description: slender-bodied; snout relatively long and pointed; caudal fin rounded; dorsal, anal fin and pelvic fin rays much more elongated in males than in females (Ref. 52307). Coloration: basic body coloration olive brown, with yellow to orange opercles, and a red blotch above eye; 5-6 dark vertical bars may be visible on body; males with brownish bars on dorsal fin; upper half of caudal fin yellowish to pale orange with some horizontal brown stripes, lower half with 7-8 vertical rows of red dots; anal fin color pattern similar to that of lower half of caudal fin; females with yellow cheeks, yellow to orange dorsal fin and caudal fin without specific patterns but yellow in the center and reddish towards the outer parts; anal fin uniformly bluish; belly of ripe females dark violet; some females with a black blotch with a whitish outer ring in soft dorsal fin (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: Sa-a, Pascualita - 30.08.94

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