Morphology Data of Nanochromis consortus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lamboj, A., 2004
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

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).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Nanochromis consortus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0
Ventral  0
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Musschoot, Tobias
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