Killifish

The annual fish of East Africa are amongst the most spectacular of all freshwater fish. Their colouration is intense, usually reds, yellows, oranges, and blues. As annual fish they only live for one season in the wild; likewise in the aquarium they rarely outlive one year. Most belong to the genus Nothobranchius, and hail from the East of the continent, primarily Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Mozambique, but also Zimbabwe, Namibia, Chad, Somalia, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Killifish species


Callopanchax huwaldi
Callopanchax monroviae
Callopanchax occidentalis
Callopanchax toddi
Fundulosoma thierryi
Nothobranchius albimarginatus
Nothobranchius annectens
Nothobranchius bojiensis
Nothobranchius brieni
Nothobranchius capriviensis
Nothobranchius cardinalis
Nothobranchius chochamandai
Nothobranchius eggersi
Nothobranchius elongatus
Nothobranchius fasciatus
Nothobranchius flagrans
Nothobranchius flammicomantis
Nothobranchius foerschi
Nothobranchius furzeri
Nothobranchius fuscotaeniatus
Nothobranchius geminus
Nothobranchius guentheri
Nothobranchius hassoni
Nothobranchius interruptus
Nothobranchius janpapi
Nothobranchius jubbi
Nothobranchius kafuensis
Nothobranchius kilomberoensis
Nothobranchius kirki
Nothobranchius korthausae
Nothobranchius krysanovi
Nothobranchius kuhntae
Nothobranchius lourensi
Nothobranchius lucius
Nothobranchius luekei
Nothobranchius makondorum
Nothobranchius malaissei
Nothobranchius melanospilus
Nothobranchius microlepis
Nothobranchius milvertzi
Nothobranchius neumanni
Nothobranchius nubaensis
Nothobranchius ocellatus
Nothobranchius orthonotus
Nothobranchius palmqvisti
Nothobranchius patrizii
Nothobranchius pienaari
Nothobranchius polli
Nothobranchius rachovii
Nothobranchius robustus
Nothobranchius rosenstocki
Nothobranchius rubripinnis
Nothobranchius rubroreticulatus
Nothobranchius ruudwildekampi
Nothobranchius sagittae
Nothobranchius sainthousei
Nothobranchius seegersi
Nothobranchius serengetiensis
Nothobranchius sp. Melele River MOZ 04-11
Nothobranchius sp. Messalo river MZHL 05-12
Nothobranchius sp. Nyando River KE 01-3
Nothobranchius sp. Odienya K86-9
Nothobranchius sp. Runere
Nothobranchius sp. TAN 97-21
Nothobranchius sp. TAN 97-23
Nothobranchius steinforti
Nothobranchius symoensi
Nothobranchius taeniopygus
Nothobranchius torgashevi
Nothobranchius ugandensis
Nothobranchius usanguensis
Nothobranchius virgatus
Nothobranchius vosseleri
Nothobranchius willerti
Pronothobranchius kiyawensis

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African annual fish live in temporary waters, created by seasonal rainfall, in depressions in the landscape. Sometimes these can be very small indeed barely inches of water - yet the fish survive. These waters can dry up very quickly, so it is essential that the fish can reach a reproductive age before this happens. Eggs are laid in the muddy substrate where they will survive once the water has dried up, until the next rains come. Some areas of Africa have irregular rainfall patterns and in certain conditions the eggs may survive for years, ensuring a hatch of fry whenever the rains come. The most widely kept annual killifish come from the genus Nothobranchius, which hail from east, southern and central Africa. Other genera include Fundulosoma, and Callopanchax from central to western Africa.

The primary difference between African and South American annual fish, other than the obvious geographic ranges is that South American species live in temporary pools created by the massive annual flooding of the regions rivers.

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30 Eggs of Nothobranchius patrizii «Msumalini Creek K 96-23» (Killifish)

GLASGOW, GLASGOW (CITY OF), G53, UNITED KINGDOM

$25.70


Offering 30 eggs of amazing Nothobranchius patrizii «Msumalini Creek K 96-23» (Kilifi County, Kenya). DISCLAIMER: The storage conditions and package handling during transportation are out of our control. We can't be responsible if something went wrong (customs issues, dead eggs on arrival, dissolved eggs, problems with hatching, belly sliders, hatch rate, sex ratio etc.). No refunds will be sent in case of such problems. By winning this auction the winner completely agrees with our ... more

30 Eggs of Nothobranchius rubroreticulatus TD 05-02 (Rare Killifish)

GLASGOW, GLASGOW (CITY OF), G53, UNITED KINGDOM

$25.70


Offering 30 eggs of rare Nothobranchius rubroreticulatus «Zakouma National Park TD 05-02» (Chari-Baguirmi, Chad). DISCLAIMER: The storage conditions and package handling during transportation are out of our control. We can't be responsible if something went wrong (customs issues, dead eggs on arrival, dissolved eggs, problems with hatching, belly sliders, hatch rate, sex ratio etc.). No refunds will be sent in case of such problems. By winning this auction the winner completely agrees with our... more

30 Eggs of Nothobranchius boklundi «Luangwa Valley» (Rare Killifish)

GLASGOW, GLASGOW (CITY OF), G53, UNITED KINGDOM

$25.70


Offering 30 eggs of rare Nothobranchius boklundi «Luangwa Valley ZAM 2009-02» (Lundazi District, Eastern Province, Zambia). DISCLAIMER: The storage conditions and package handling during transportation are out of our control. We can't be responsible if something went wrong (customs issues, dead eggs on arrival, dissolved eggs, problems with hatching, belly sliders, hatch rate, sex ratio etc.). No refunds will be sent in case of such problems. By winning this auction the winner completely ... more

30 Eggs of Nothobranchius guentheri «Zanzibar TAN 97-02» Red & Blue (Killifish)

GLASGOW, GLASGOW (CITY OF), G53, UNITED KINGDOM

$25.70


Offering 30 eggs of amazing Nothobranchius guentheri «Zanzibar TAN 97-02» (Tanzania). DISCLAIMER: The storage conditions and package handling during transportation are out of our control. We can't be responsible if something went wrong (customs issues, dead eggs on arrival, dissolved eggs, problems with hatching, belly sliders, hatch rate, sex ratio etc.). No refunds will be sent in case of such problems. By winning this auction the winner completely agrees with our disclaimer.?orresponds to ... more

60 Eggs Killifish Nothobranchius Rachovii Beira 98 free fairy shrimp 2000 eggs

A.MUEANG, TH

$9.99


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Nothobranchius melanospilus Ruvu TZN 17-9 (Killifish) 30+eggs

NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA

$14.00


Offering 30 hand-picked eggs of Nothobranchius melanospilus Ruvu TZN 17-9 I can sent my eggs to anyone country. Eggs would be too cold or hot weather impact in the transport process. For exampleroe melt, sex ratio, hatching rate and the eggs can not document clearance in the customs or the relevant department. these problems are not in my control, I can not bear the responsibility for those. I will select the best eggs and quality packaging to send to you.... more