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Nannacara adoketa. Photo: Birger A
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
Genus: Nannacara
Regan, 1905
Type species
Nannacara anomala
Regan, 1905

Nannacara is a genus of small freshwater cichlid fish endemic to South America. The genus is part of the Cichlasomatini tribe of the Cichlasomatinae subfamily. In the aquarium hobby, the fish is considered a dwarf cichlid along with Apistogramma, Mikrogeophagus, and Dicrossus species. Nannacara anomala is the most commonly encountered species in the aquarium trade.


There are currently six recognized species in this genus:[1]

In a recently published book, Nannacara adoketa and Nannacara bimaculata are reassigned to the new genus Ivanacara. It is too early to tell whether this reassignment will be accepted by the ichthyologist community.


  • Boruchowitz, D. E. (2006). Guide to Cichlids. T.F.H. Publications. ISBN 0-7938-0584-8. 
  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Nannacara in FishBase. February 2013 version.