Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Nothobranchiidae
Etymology: Nothobranchius: Greek, nothos = false + Greek, brangchia = gill (Ref. 45335); nubaensis: The species is named after the type locality, which lies in the Nuba mountains (Ref. 82677).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: residual pools of seasonal rivers of White Nile River basin in central Sudan and south-west Ethiopia (Ref. 82677).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 82677)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 17 - 19. Diagnosis: Nothobranchius nubaensis can be distinguished from all other species of the genus by the following combination of characters: 17-19 dorsal fin rays; 17-19 anal fin rays; 29-30 scales in median lateral series; dorsal and anal fin with short filamentous rays in males; pelvic fins short, tips reaching the anus; orange-red head with 3 distinct oblique bars on the operculum; dorsal fin light blue with a pattern of irregular orange-red spots and elongated yellow spots in distal areas; anal fin yellow, light blue at base, with a pattern of orange-red spots; pelvic fins yellow with a pattern of orange-red spots; pectoral fins orange-red with a light blue margin; caudal fin orange-red, with short pale or dark red lines extending from fin base onto fin rays (Ref.82677).
Found in residual pools of seasonal rivers and rainwater filled depressions (Ref. 82677). The present disjunct distribution pattern of Nothobranchius nubaensis can be explained by the dynamics of the changing rain pattern and climatic conditions over the vast plains of central and southern Sudan and south-west Ethiopia (Ref. 82677).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Valdesalici, S., M. Bellemans, K. Kardashev and A. Golubtsov, 2009. Nothobranchius nubaensis (Cyprinodontiformes: Nothobranchiidae) a new annual killifish from Sudan and Ethiopia. Aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 15(3): 143-152. (Ref. 82677)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .