A. (Chromaphyosemion) bivittatum :
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Diseases and Parasites
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
Aphyosemion bivittatum (Twostripe Lyretail, Two-banded Killi, Red Lyretail) is a species of freshwater fish belonging to the Nothobranchiidae family. It is found in rivers in southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon.
A. bivittatum has an elongated brightly coloured body with two dark bands running along each side. The males have a maximum body length of approximately 5 cm. It has 10–13 spines in its dorsal fin and 12-15 in its anal fin.
The species is found in small calcium rich steams in the coastal rainforests of southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon. They are benthopelagic, meaning they float just above the riverbed. They prefer water with a pH of 6 to 6.5 and temperature of 22 to 24oC.
A bivittatum has only been observed in five locations and it is thought that they are present in no more than ten. This, along with the threat to their habitat from deforestation, has led them to be classified as vulnerable.
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