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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...

Bearded Barbet
2009-04-07 15:38:01

The Bearded Barbet (Lybius dubius) is a species of bird that is found in tropical west Africa. It is found mostly in trees around wooded country and also gardens. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. The adult is 10.25 inches in length. It is fairly plump, has a short neck and a large head. The tail is somewhat short. It has a black crown, back, tail...

Reedfish
2008-05-01 00:06:09

The Reedfish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus), also known as the ropefish or snakefish is a species of freshwater fish in the bichir family and order. It is the only member of the genus Erpetoichthys. It is native to West Africa, with its natural habitat stretching from Nigeria to the Congo. The Reedfish has a maximum total length of 36 inches. It lives in slow-moving, brackish, warm water, and...

Tilapia buttikoferi
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...

Steatocranus
2007-03-30 00:34:17

Steatocranus (Boulenger, 1899) is a small genus of rheophilic cichlid fish endemic to the Congo River, although one species, Steatocranus irevinei, occurs in West Africa. The genus currently includes 9 species, all of which have relatively reduced swim bladder function. The name Steatocranus refers to the fatty deposit on the forehead of most species. Two species, Steatocranus casuarius (also...

Pelvicachromis taeniatus
2007-03-28 21:03:58

Pelvicachromis taeniatus is a dwarf cichlid from West Africa that is occasionally kept as an aquarium fish. It is known to exist in a variety of geographically restricted varieties distinguished by differences in coloration. These are often given names such as "Nigerian red" or "Moliwe" that refer to the places where each variety is collected.

Jewel cichlid
2007-03-26 18:38:27

Hemichromis is a genus of fish from the family Cichlidae, known in the aquarium trade as Jewel cichlids. Jewel cichlids are native to West Africa. Within West Africa Hemichromis species are found in creeks, streams, rivers and lakes with a variety of water qualities. Jewel cichlids can reach lengths of 2.76-5.12 in (7-13 cm) in some species. Brighter body coloration is generally evident...

Western Green Mamba
2007-01-10 10:19:57

The Western Green Mamba, Dendroaspis viridis, also called the West African green mamba, is a venomous snake native to West Africa, including Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire. Its habitat is rainforest. This snake grows to a length of 6.5 feet and is thin. It has large green scales outlined in black. The scales on its long tail are yellow and edged in black. It is mostly diurnal, but may be...

African fat-tailed gecko
2007-01-02 11:23:56

The African fat-tailed gecko, Hemitheconyx caudicinctus, is a nocturnal, ground-dwelling gecko from the subfamily Eublepharinae. They are found in West Africa, from Senegal to Cameroon. Their habitat is dry and arid, although they will spend most of their time in a dark, humid hiding area. Adult male geckos are from 8 to 10 inches long, and females 6 to 8 inches long. They will generally...

Patas Monkey
2006-12-28 15:31:22

The Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) is a ground-dwelling monkey distributed over West Africa. It is the only species classified in the genus Erythrocebus. Patas monkeys avoid woodlands and live in treeless grasslands and semi-deserts. The Patas monkey grows up to 33.46 inches (85 cm) long, excluding the tail. The tail measures 29.53 in (75 cm). Reaching speeds of 31 miles/hour (50 km/h), it...