Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Nanochromis: Latin, nannus = small + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335). More on authors: Roberts & Stewart.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.0 - 7.0; dH range: 5 - 8. Tropical; 22°C - 25°C (Ref. 1672); 4°S - 6°S
Africa: lower Congo River rapids in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 42510).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5666)
Diagnosis: upper half of caudal fin always with alternating pattern of black and white to yellow stripes; lower half of caudal fin variable in males: uniformly violet (pale and sometimes almost transparent) across entire fin, or with many rows of red spots, or any combination of both; females always with an unmarked, clear to pale violet lower half of the caudal fin (Ref. 52307).
Found in large numbers in areas with slowly-flowing waters along the banks of the Congo River near Brazzaville and Kinshasa; does not seem to prefer the more rapidly-flowing parts of the river, even though Roberts & Stewart (1976) viewed it as a moderately rheophilic species (Ref. 52307). Feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects (Ref. 7020). Cave-spawner (Ref. 52307).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Daget, J., 1991. Nanochromis. p. 270-273. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse, G.G. Teugels and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 4. (Ref. 5666)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.40 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm<1. Fec=80-100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .