Our animals

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Northern lakes and seas

The ocean

Tropical rivers and lakes

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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

Neon tetra

Arowana

Philippines crocodile

Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

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Apalachicola snapping turtle

Apalachicola snapping turtle

Alligator gar

Alligator gar

Denison barb

Denison barb

Silver flying fox

Silver flying fox

Rainbow shiner

Rainbow shiner

Dwarf Chain Loach

Dwarf Chain Loach

Spotted green hillstream loach

Spotted green hillstream loach

Bluefin killifish

Bluefin killifish

Common Bristlenose Catfish

Common Bristlenose Catfish

Rainbow shiner

Rainbow shiner

Facts

LatinNotropis chrososmus
Size8.1 cm
FoodCrustacean and insect larvae
HabitatRivers and lakes
IUCN

Least concern

LocationNorth America: Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
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Good looks are all that matter

The male rainbow shiner can change colour from blue to pink in a flash. And during the colourful transformation, he also makes vibrating movements. The point of all of this is to impress females. If he is successful, they will mate with him.

Mates in the rain

The rainbow shiner mates during rainy weather. The rain cools the water and brings plenty of food down the river – these are the perfect conditions for the rainbow shiner to bring young into the world. After the mating act, the eggs fall to the riverbed among the gravel and leaves. The parents don’t care for the eggs and the fry must fend for themselves after hatching.


Poison Frog

African river

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi