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Nimbochromis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Pseudocrenilabrinae
Scientific name  Nimbochromis
Higher classification  Cichlid
Order  Perciformes
Family  Cichlidae
Tribe  Haplochromini
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Genus
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Lower classifications  Nimbochromis venustus, Nimbochromis livingstonii, Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus, Nimbochromis polystigma, Nimbochromis linni

Female nimbochromis venustus from super cichlids


Nimbochromis is a small genus of haplochromine cichlids mostly endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa. They are known as sleeper cichlids or (in Chichewa) kaligono ("sleepers"), due to their unique hunting behaviour.

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Nimbochromis Nimbochromis livingstonii Seriously Fish

These piscivorous species are often seen lying motionless on the lake bottom near rocks where mbuna live, even adopting an unusual sideways position rarely seen in living fish. If smaller fishes approach, the Nimbochromis will "wake up" and try to seize them. Their coloration has an irregular dark cloudy pattern on lighter background; for one thing, this provides camouflage, but it is also suspected that it is – at least in some – evolving into aggressive mimicry by imitating a rotting fish carcass and thus luring scavengers to their demise.

Nimbochromis NIMBOCHROMIS POLYSTIGMA

Nimbochromis livingstoni are great boss fish


Species

There are currently five recognized species in this genus:

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  • Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus (Regan, 1922) (Spothead Hap, Fuscotaeniatus Hap)
  • Nimbochromis linni (W. E. Burgess & H. R. Axelrod, 1975)
  • Nimbochromis livingstonii (Günther, 1894) (Livingston's Cichlid)
  • Nimbochromis polystigma (Regan, 1922)
  • Nimbochromis venustus (Boulenger, 1908) (Giraffe Hap, Venustus Hap)

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    Nimbochromis cichlidscom Nimbochromis Fuscotaeniatus
    Nimbochromis Nimbochromis Venustus African cichlids YouTube

    References

    Nimbochromis Wikipedia


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