Nothobranchius microlepis (Vinciguerra, 1897)
Small scaled nothobranch
Nothobranchius microlepis
photo by Nagy, B.

Family:  Nothobranchiidae (African rivulines)
Max. size:  8 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic, non-migratory
Distribution:  Africa: Kenya and Somalia. Reported from the Wabi Shebele basin in Ethiopia (Ref. 58460).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-20; Anal soft rays: 17-20. Distinguished from all other species of the genus by its humpback, convex dorsal profile and concave transition between head and body along dorsal midline, numerous small and irregularly set scales in the longitudinal series, 26-30 gill-rakers in contrast to 12-15 in other species, long and closely set, dark vertical bar through the eye, uniform drab male color pattern, and courting behavior (Ref. 26692).
Biology:  Occurs in temporary pools. 8 cm max TL (Ref. 3788). Bottom spawner, 3 months incubation. Very difficult to maintain in aquarium (Ref. 27139).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 May 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 01.05.94
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 06.07.07
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 02.07.94

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