Morphology Data of Nanochromis splendens
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

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).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Nanochromis splendens

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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