Teleogramma gracile Boulenger, 1899, Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
Maximum length 3.2 in (8 cm). Very elongate, cigar shaped; teeth small and unicuspid, with a few enlarged canines anteriorly. Uncharacteristically for cichlids, has single, continuous row of lateral line scales, instead of upper and lower divisions. Brownish in color, with thin red margin to dorsal fin and upper lobe of caudal fin. Females exhibit broad black margin above red patch in upper lobe of caudal fin.
Lower Congo River rapids.
Turbid, fast-flowing waters in lower Congo.
Displays extreme territoriality toward conspecifics in aquaria. Hides under rocks and in caves.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on aquatic macroinvertebrates.
Spawns in caves, female tends to eggs. Polygynous.
Not listed by the IUCN.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Very rarely exported for the aquarium trade.
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