Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Aplocheilidae
Etymology: Aplocheilus: Greek, aploe, -es = simplicity + Greek, cheilos = lip (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; non-migratory. Tropical; 22°C - 26°C (Ref. 13371)
Asia: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41236)
Inhabits stationary and sheltered waters of rivers (Ref. 4833). Found under the surface in still waters, mainly coastal and often brackish, especially where there is surface vegetation or cover, such as mangrove swamps and rice fields. Swims slowly or stays stationary, often in small groups. Feeds on insects, larvae and fish fry. Valuable for mosquito control (Ref. 6028). Not a seasonal killifish.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Seegers, L., 1997. Killifishes of the world: Old world killis II: (Aplocheilus, Epiplatys, Nothobranchius). Aqualog, Verlag: A.C.S. Gmbh, Germany. 112 p. (Ref. 31272)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5079 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.60 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .