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Pseudocrenilabrus philander (Weber 1897)

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Pseudocrenilabrus philander is a freshwater fish, typical of tropical climates. It is native to South Africa and, today, present from the Orange River and southern Natal, throughout southern Africa, extending to the southern Congo basin, lagoons and rivers associated with Lake Malawi. It also occurs in Lake Rukwa. There are three recognized subspecies: Pseudocrenilabrus philander dispersusPseudocrenilabrus philander luebberti and Pseudocrenilabrus philander philander.

This is a benthopelagic species, found in various habitats, from flowing waters to lakes and isolated sinkholes. Also, it usually prefers vegetated zones.

Submitted by
Heiko Bleher
GPS
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Geographical region
Eastern Africa
Drainage Basin
Baia de Inhambane
River catchment
Water body type
Rio
Water body name
Furvela
Water body part
Water body course
Lower course
Water body: tributary of
Tributary name
Type locality
Umhlasine River, near Verulam, Natal, South Africa.
Conservation status/IUCN Red List
Least Concern (LC)

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
Concentration of sediments
Water temperature
22-25 °C
Water flow/curent

Chemical parameters

pH
7
Conductivity
GH
KH
Dissolved Oxygen

Biology

Standard length
13 cm
Water volume (min. aquarium)
l
Social behaviour
Behaviour description
Aggression grade
Peacefull
Activity
Day active
Sexual dimorphism
Nutrition in Nature

Reproduction

Breeding tank set-up
Nutrition parents
Mating type
Spawning behaviour
Breeding habits
Hatching period
Number of eggs in average
Parental care
Fry number
Nutrition fry
Notes on reproduction