Cunningtonia longiventralis

A clear distinction between the other cichlids are the elongated pectoral fins of the Cunningtonia longiventralis, these resemble the pectoral fins of the Cunningtonia furcifer.

Description

Boulenger first described Cunningtonia longiventralis in 1906. The genus name Cunningtonia is a name reference to Dr. W.A. Cunnington. The species name longiventralis is a reference to the elongated ventral fins. This species is a member of the ray-finned fishes or Actinopterygii.

Description

A clear distinction between the other cichlids are the elongated pectoral fins of the Cunningtonia longiventralis, these resemble the pectoral fins of the Cunningtonia furcifer. Het body is torpedo-shaped. Depending on the location of the fish some colour variation can occur. The Kipili sub-species have a yellow coloured band in the dorsal fin and a yellow colouring in the tail but have a greyish colour. The Cape Nangu variaty is more bluish.

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The Cunningtonia longiventralis lives in the Southern part of Lake Tanganyika. They occur from 5 to 20 metres.

 

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