Nanochromis nudiceps (Boulenger, 1899)
Nanochromis nudiceps
photo by AquaNet

Family:  Cichlidae (Cichlids), subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Max. size:  7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater,
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
Country info:  Present in the Kinsuka rapids at the exit of Pool Malebo (Ref. 41585), Pool Malebo (Ref. 41585, 42510), the middle Congo River (Ref. 41590), Kasai (Ref. 41591), Lake Mai Ndombe (Ref. 42510, 72505), Lake Tumba (Ref. 41580) and the Ubangi (Ref. 45441). Also Ref. 5666, 52307.

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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