Livingston's Cichlid

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Description of the Livingston's Cichlid

The Livingston's Cichlid is a mouthbrooder with the female incubating up to 100 eggs until the fry hatch when she will release them. It is known to catch its prey by 'playing dead' waiting for smaller fish to approach it before attacking them and swallowing them whole!

Popular Name: Livingston's Cichlid
Species: Nimbochromis livingstonii

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Livingston's Cichlid

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Profile of the Livingston's Cichlid
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Livingston's Cichlid species.

  • Size: Up to 25cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.0 Temp 27 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen, Dried or Flaked Food

  • Temperament: Semi Aggressive fish

  • Habitat: Depths of up to 110m in freshwater rivers and lakes

  • Behaviour: Solitary and Territorial

  • Range: Africa - Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique

Scientific Classification of the Livingston's Cichlid
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Nimbochromis livingstonii

  • Popular Name: Livingston's Cichlid

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family:Cichlidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Livingston's Cichlid?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist! Female Livingston Cichlid's tend to be smaller than males.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Livingston's Cichlid slimy?
Livingston's Cichlid secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Livingston's Cichlid to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Livingston's Cichlid have gills?
Gills enable the Livingston's Cichlid to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.


Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Livingston's Cichlid have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Livingston's Cichlid has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Livingston's Cichlid has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Livingston's Cichlid has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Livingston's Cichlid has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Livingston's Cichlid

Livingston's Cichlid

  • Interesting Information about Livingston's Cichlid

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Livingston's Cichlid slimy?

  • Why do the Livingston's Cichlid have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Livingston's Cichlid have fins?

  • Species: Nimbochromis livingstonii

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