Nothobranchius kirki


Nothobranchius (Peters, W., 1868) is a genus of freshwater annual fish from East Africa in the family Nothobranchiidae which was long included in the Aplocheilidae. Many species have very small distributions. There are many species: as of September 2007 there are a total of 49 nominal species, not counting subspecies and varieties. They are a typical annual killifish, part of the order Cyprinodontiformes. The vertebrate with the shortest life span is a member of this genus, Nothobranchius furzeri from Mozambique and Zimbabwe lives for between 3 and 6 months. In that time it hatches, matures, breeds and dies. Etymology: Greek "nothos": false, spurious, and "branchia": gill.



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