Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Danionidae
(Danios) > Rasborinae
Etymology: Rasbora: Rasbora, an Indian word for a fish, also used in Malay peninsula. More on author: Hamilton.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; pH range: ? - 7.0; dH range: 12 - ?; potamodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 2060)
Asia: Mekong, Chao Phraya and Salween basins, northern Malay Peninsula, westwards to the Indus and Sri Lanka.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6028); common length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6028)
soft rays: 7. Black stripe from eye to caudal fin; nearly complete lateral line, with only last few scales lacking pores (Ref. 12693).
Occurs in a variety of habitats (Ref. 27732): ditches, ponds, canals, haors, streams, rivers and inundated fields (Ref. 1479). Inhabits mainly sandy streams and rivers (Ref. 6028). Found in medium to large rivers and brooks of the middle Mekong (Ref. 12975). In the Mekong basin, this species is usually associated with large, slow flowing rivers, usually with turbid waters (Ref. 43281). Sometimes forms large schools. Feeds mainly on aquatic insects and detritus. A surface feeder (Ref. 1479). Spawning sites are found in rivers and ponds (Ref. 33813). Mature adults probably breed during the rainy season. Hardy and adaptable in the aquarium.
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. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00832 (0.00458 - 0.01509), b=3.05 (2.89 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.1 se; based on diet studies.
Generation time: 1.0 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 2 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=1.10).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .