Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; non-migratory. Subtropical; 16°C - 26°C (Ref. 2060)
Indian Ocean: Egypt to Somalia southward to Eil, a landlocked population in the Siwa Oasis, western Egypt. Immigrant through the Suez Canal into the southeastern Mediterranean basin, Egypt and Israel. Elsewhere: Dead Sea, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, western India; landlocked populations in Saudi Arabia, Iran.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27139)
Occurs in coastal zones, also found in oasis pools with hypersaline to fresh water (Ref. 3788). Forms schools. Chiefly a herbivorous species (Ref. 13530). Spawn in areas where roots of hyacinth or other floating plants abound (Ref. 44327). Not a seasonal killifish. Very difficult to maintain in aquarium (Ref. 27139).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Jouladeh-Roudbar, A., S. Vatandoust, S. Eagderi, S. Jafari-Kenari and H. Mousavi-Sabet, 2015. Freshwater fishes of Iran; an updated checklist. AACL Bioflux 8(6):855-909. (Ref. 106319)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
Endangered (EN) (B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv)c(i)); Date assessed: 24 February 2014
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25 - 29.2, mean 27.4 (based on 519 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00536 - 0.01026), b=3.18 (3.11 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm=1 and Fec < 1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .