Apistogramma nijsseni

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Apistogramma nijsseni
Apistogramma nijsseni mf mirror.jpg
Female A. nijsseni (top) and male (bottom)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cichliformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Apistogramma
Species: A. nijsseni
Binomial name
Apistogramma nijsseni

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.[2] 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,[3] though it does not often appear in the general pet fish market.

Apistogramma nijsseni adult female.

The species is named after the Dutch ichthyologist Han Nijssen[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kullander, S. O. 1979. Description of a new species of the genus Apistogramma (Teleostei, Perciformes, Cichlidae) from Peru. Rev. Suisse Zool. 937-945.
  2. ^ Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. "Apistogramma nijsseni". FishBase. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Apistogramma nijsseni Kullander - Naturhistoriska riksmuseet