Luciocephalus aura Tan & Ng, 2005
photo by Aquamiroir/Germeau, G.

Family:  Osphronemidae (Gouramies), subfamily: Luciocephalinae
Max. size:  10.51 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Batang Hari basin in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal soft rays: 18-21; Vertebrae: 38-40. With numerous iridescent green spots on central stripe when live; absence of black irregular pattern on area below preorbital to central stripe; area just above anal-fin base without 3-4 dark brown semi-circles, which appear circular when body is viewed ventrally; brownish caudal fin with 3-7 narrow iridescent vertical gold bars; and absence of markings on anal and pelvic fins (Ref. 56386).
Biology:  Occurs only in freshwater swamp forest habitats (Ref. 56386).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 05 January 2019 (B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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