Wetlands Animals

Cape Lopez Lyretail
Cape Lopez Lyretail
Class: Fishes: 4 classes Diet: Small invertebrates
Order: Atheriniformes: Toothcarps, Sandsmelts
Size: 6 cm (2 1/4 in)
Family: No Fish family information Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Aphyosemion australe Habitat: swamps, ditches
Range: Africa: Gabon, Cape Lopez area

Size of Cape Lopez LyretailThe male Cape Lopez lyretail is an attractive, brightly colored fish, with large, pointed dorsal and anal fins and a tail with extended lobes. The female is plainer, and her fins lack the decorative points and extensions.  The lyretail deposits its eggs among the mud and detritus at the bottom of its habitat. If there is then a prolonged dry season, the embryos cease their development and lie dormant in the mud, protected by their drought-resistant egg membrane. Although the parent fishes die in the drought, the eggs resume development with the arrival of rain and hatch shortly afterward.

Range of Cape Lopez Lyretail
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