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Oryzias setnai  (Kulkarni, 1940)

Malabar ricefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beloniformes (Needle fishes) > Adrianichthyidae (Ricefishes) > Oryziinae
Etymology: Oryzias: Greek, oryza = rice; because of the habitat used by this fish (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; brackish; pelagic; pH range: 7.5 - 8.5.   Tropical; 24°C - 29°C (Ref. 31267), preferred ?

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Asia: near Gulf of Kutch to Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 245)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in estuaries, but can live temporarily in freshwater. Inhabits quiet rocks and corners of creeks and backwaters. Can withstand a wide range of salinity varying from 4.36 to 1.35% (Ref. 48443). Breeds easily throughout the year peak period during July and August. Larvicidal fish and eats mosquito larvae at the early instar stages. A suitable fish in malaria infected areas (Ref. 48443).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Seegers, Lothar | Collaborators

Parenti, L., 2008. A phylogenentic analysis and taxonomic revision of ricefishes, Oryzias and relatives (Beloniformes, Adrianichthyidae). Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 154(3):494-610. (Ref. 80012)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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