Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 7.5; dH range: ? - 15. Tropical; 22°C - 26°C (Ref. 13614); 8°N - 6°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6705)
Asia: catchments of the Kelani and Nilwala Rivers, Sri Lanka. Reported from Madras, India, but this record has been contested by some authors (such as in Ref. 3443).
Tends to form small shoals. More abundant in the larger, clear water, undisturbed, deep (>1m), heavily shaded streams. Stays in the middle of the water column (Ref. 6468). Feeds on filamentous algae, terrestrial insects and detritus (Ref. 6703). No observations on breeding in captivity. Maturity at 6.4 cm (Ref. 6468). Does well at 29°C water temperature. Exploited by the tropical fish export trade, larger specimens are eaten.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Pethiyagoda, R., 1991. Freshwater fishes of Sri Lanka. The Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo. 362 p. (Ref. 6028)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00523 - 0.02406), b=2.95 (2.78 - 3.12), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.3 ±0.19 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .