Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Nothobranchiidae
Etymology: Nothobranchius: Greek, nothos = false + Greek, brangchia = gill (Ref. 45335); krysanovi: The species is named in honour of Prof. Eugeny Y. Krysanov, a scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences, who carried out cytological studies on Nothobranchius species, as well as the effects of radiation on their chromosomes in the Chernobyl area; the species name is pronounced 'kree-sa-nofi' (Ref. 85866).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: ephemeral pools and swamps on floodplains in coastal lowlands north of the lower Zambezi River in east-central Mozambique (Ref. 85866).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85866)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 15 - 17. Diagnosis: Nothobranchius krysanovi is distinguished from other species of the genus by the following combination of characters: males with bright colouration consisting of alternating light blue and orange-red oblique bars on body, dorsal and anal fins, and orange-brown caudal fin with orange subterminal and black terminal band; female with faint brown oblique bars on posterior part of flanks (Ref. 85866). It can be distinguished from the other species of the subgenus Nothobranchius as follows: from N. furzeri by male colouration, higher number of dorsal fin rays, 15-17 vs. 14-15; from N. kadleci by male colouration and shape of the frontal region, higher number of dorsal and anal fin rays, 15-17 vs. 13-14 and 15-17 vs. 13-14; and from N. orthonotus by male and female colouration, and lower number of scales on the mid-longitudinal series, 27-29 vs. 28-33 (Ref. 85866). Nothobranchius krysanovi can also be distinguished from N. rachovii by its higher number of diploid chromosomes, 2n=18 vs. 2n=16; and from N. pienaari by its much lower diploid chromosome number, 2n=18 vs. 2n=34 (Ref. 85866).
Found in ephemeral pools and swamps on floodplains; water level in the habitats is subject to seasonal changes and generally the water disappears completely during the dry season (Ref. 85866). Grass vegetation is usually found near the habitat margins; much of the swamps may be utilised by local inhabitants for the cultivation of rice; aquatic vegetation may comprise Nymphea, Ottelia, Lagarosiphon and Utricularia species (Ref. 85866). It has an annual mode of reproduction (Ref. 85866).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Shidlovskiy, K.M., B.R. Watters and R.H. Wildekamp, 2010. Notes on the annual killifish species Nothobranchius rachovii (Cyprinodontiformes; Nothobranchiidae) with the description of two new species. Zootaxa 2724:37-57. (Ref. 85866)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .