Aphanius mento (Heckel, 1843)
Pearl-spotted killifish
photo by Karatash, A.

Family:  Aphaniidae (Oriental killifishes)
Max. size:  5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater, non-migratory
Distribution:  Asia: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon and Turkey.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found in shallow water among vegetation, where it feeds on insect larvae, crustaceans, and algae. Breeds during the warmer months of the year. (Ref. 13609). 8 cm max TL (Ref. 11028). Not a seasonal killifish. Is easy to maintain in the aquarium (Ref. 27139).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 March 2013 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 24.03.97
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 16.03.16

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