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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.
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