Life History and Behavior
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
Apistogramma nijsseni is a species of cichlid fish, endemic to highly restricted local black water habitats in the Quebrada Carahuayte, a small stream in the Ucayali River drainage, southern Peru. The male reaches a maximum length of 8 cm (3 in), the female remaining somewhat smaller. Apistogramma brooding females assume a bright yellow and black aposematic coloring: in A. nijsseni, unusually, a healthy, unstressed female retains this coloring. The species is popular aquarium fish amongst dwarf cichlid hobbyists, though it does not often appear in the general pet fish market.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Apistogramma nijsseni" in FishBase. April 2006 version.
- Kullander, S. O. 1979. Description of a new species of the genus Apistogramma (Teleostei, Perciformes, Cichlidae) from Peru. Rev. Suisse Zool. 937-945.
- Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. "Apistogramma nijsseni". FishBase. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- Linke H, Staeck L (1994) American cichlids I: Dwarf Cichlids. A handbook for their identification, care and breeding. Tetra Press. Germany. ISBN 1-56465-168-1
- Apistogramma nijsseni Kullander - Naturhistoriska riksmuseet
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