Blue lyretail

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Blue lyretail
Fundulopanchax gardneri.png
Fundulopanchax gardneri, adult male
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cyprinodontiformes
Family: Aplocheilidae
Genus: Fundulopanchax
Species: F. gardneri
Subspecies: F. g. lacustris
F. g. mamfensis
F. g. nigerianus
Binomial name
Fundulopanchax gardneri
(Boulenger, 1911)
Synonyms

Aphyosemion brucii (Boulenger, 1911)
A. gardneri (Boulenger, 1911)
Fundulus gardneri (Boulenger, 1911)
A. brucei (Boulenger, 1911)
Haplochilus brucii (Boulenger, 1911)
A. calliurum (non Boulenger, 1911)
A. calliurum ahli (non Myers, 1933)
A. gardneri nigerianum (non Clausen, 1933)
A. nigerianum (non Clausen, 1933)
A. gardneri obuduense (non Wright & Jeremy, 1974)
A. obuduense (non Wright & Jeremy, 1974)
A. claudeni Scheel, 1975
A. gardneri claudeni Scheel, 1975
A. meridionale Kottelat, 1976

Blue lyretail (Fundulopanchax gardneri),[1] also known as steel-blue aphyosemion and Gardner's killi. It is a species of killifish that inhabits the tributary streams and marshes of the Benue and Cross River basins of Nigeria and Cameroon. It occurs in both savanna and forested regions. Like the lyretail panchax (Aphyosemion australe), it has become a popular species in aquariums. Breeding pairs of the blue lyretail most often lay their eggs over the bottom, but occasionally also among the roots of free-floating aquatic plants. Pairs stay close for some time, with just a few eggs being produced each day. The eggs take around two weeks to hatch.

Subspecies[edit]

There are several valid subspecies:

  • Blue lyretail – Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri (Boulenger, 1911)[2]
  • Ejagham killi – Fundulopanchax gardneri lacustris (Langton, 1974)[3]
  • Mamfe killi – Fundulopanchax gardneri mamfensis (Radda, 1974)[4]
  • Nigerian killi – Fundulopanchax gardneri nigerianus (Clausen, 1963)[5]
Fundulopanchax gardneri nigerianus "Makurdi" – adult male from a locality near Makurdi, Nigeria

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fundulopanchax gardneri". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2007). Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri in FishBase. May 2007 version.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2007). Fundulopanchax gardneri lacustris in FishBase. May 2007 version.
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2007). Fundulopanchax gardneri mamfensis in FishBase. May 2007 version.
  5. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2007). Fundulopanchax gardneri nigerianus in FishBase. May 2007 version.
  • UNEP-WCMC Protected Areas Programme – Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve