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2008-10-02 12:40:00

Researchers said Wednesday that some colorful cichlid fish in Africa's Lake Victoria formed a new species by adapting their vision, showing that geographical isolation is not essential for divergence. Ole Seehausen, who led the study, said the fish evolved to improve their ability to see food and predators at different depths, and this also affected the way they saw colors and attracted mates. "The split of one species into two was initiated by adaptation of the sensory system, in this case...

2008-02-21 15:03:42

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - German researchers on Thursday launched a rocket carrying 72 small fish on a brief space flight to study motion sickness. The cichlids were in an unmanned rocket that blasted off from a launch pad in northern Sweden, said Professor Reinhard Hilbig, who was in charge of the project. The thumbnail-sized fish were filmed as they swam around weightlessly in small aquariums during the 10-minute space flight. The German team will now study the video to see if some of the fish...

2005-10-10 14:53:29

Vision, like other biological attributes, is shaped by evolution through environmental pressures and demands, and even closely-related species that are in other ways very similar might respond to their particular environments by interpreting the visual world slightly differently, using photoreceptors that are attuned to particular wavelengths of light. By studying a special group of closely-related fish species inhabiting the Great Lakes of Africa, researchers have uncovered clues to...


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Zebra Tilapia, Tilapia buttikoferi
2009-07-04 15:57:53

The Zebra tilapia (Tilapia buttikoferi) is a fish inhabitant to West Africa, specifically Liberia. This fish is an African tilapiine cichlid. The Zebra tilapia is a freshwater fish that is inclined to streams and rivers. For both aquatic and nutritious reasons, this fish has been imported and bred all over the world. The Zebra tilapia is a stunning cichlid. It is usually white or yellow with black stripes. This fish varies from light to black based on its mood. The stripes seem to fade...

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2007-03-30 18:05:53

The Spotted tilapia (Tilapia mariae) is a fresh and brackish water fish of the cichlid family. It is native to Africa from the Côte d'Ivoire to Ghana, and Benin to Cameroon. Like several other tilapiine cichilds, the spotted tilapia is notable for its adaptability and prolific breeding. This fish has established large feral populations outside of their native ranges, such as in Florida, where they are a troublesome invasive species.

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2007-03-30 00:39:53

Tilapia buttikoferi is an African tilapiine cichlid fish that can be found mainly in West Africa, more specifically Liberia. They are freshwater fish that tend to live in rivers and streams. People have imported and bred these fish throughout the world for both aquatic and nutritious purposes. One spawn can supply an entire city, so breeding these fish is an easy process. The tilapia is a beautiful specimen. The fish is typically yellow or white with black stripes and can vary from very...

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2007-03-30 00:36:42

The Blunthead cichlid, Tropheus Moorii, is a species of African Cichlids found in Lake Tanganyika. There are over 40 different morphs of this species dispersed throughout the lake. The fish comes in many colors and patterns ranging from dark green to flame red and yellow. They are found in many rock formations in shallow water eating algae which comprises most of their diet. Tropheus are mouthbrooders, they fertilize, carry eggs and baby-sit young fry in the mouth of the female. They are...

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2007-03-28 21:03:17

Pelvicachromis pulcher is a freshwater fish of the cichlid family, endemic to Nigeria and Cameroon. The species is popular amongst aquarium hobbyists, and is most commonly sold under the name Kribensis, although the species has other common names, including various derivatives of Kribensis: Krib, Common Krib and Rainbow krib, along with rainbow cichlid and purple cichlid. Appearance, size and coloration In the wild, male P. pulcher grow to a maximum length of approximately 4.9 in (12.5...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.