Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Pseudocrenilabrinae
Etymology: Nanochromis: Latin, nannus = small + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); wickleri: Named for Wolfgang Wickler in recognition of his behavioral studies of cichlids in general and of benthic Congolese cichlids in particular (Ref. 57505).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Africa: Lake Mai Ndombe (= Lake Leopold II) (middle Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 57505).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57505)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 16 - 17;
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 28. A large deep-bodied species of Nanochromis with an elevated soft dorsal fin ray count (10-11) and the presence, in adults, of strongly produced membranous fin lappets on the second and third dorsal fin spines (Ref. 57505). It has also an almost scaleless cheek and nape, an upper lateral line contiguous with the dorsal fin base, five laterosensory pores on the dentary, a tubular pore canal in the anguloarticular, and seven laterosensory pores on the preopecle (Ref. 57505). Snout long with a steeply inclined and strongly convex dorsal contour and an almost straight ventral contour (Ref. 57505). Lower pharyngeal jaw is extremely gracile, with narrow horns and a short blunt keel; the dentigerous surface is sparsely covered with fine weakly bicuspid teeth (Ref. 57505). Caudal fin longer than deep, subacuminate, with fin rays increasing in length from the outer rays towards the central rays (Ref. 57505).
Collected at sandy beach interspersed with flat laterite terraces; 1-2 m deep (Ref. 57505).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Schliewen, U.K. and M.L.J. Stiassny, 2006. A new species of Nanochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Mai Ndombe, central Congo basin, Democratic Republic of Congo. Zootaxa 1169:33-46. (Ref. 57505)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01514 (0.00703 - 0.03260), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .