Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Placed in the genus Trichopodus in Ref. 87121.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.0 - 7.0; dH range: 2 - 25. Tropical; 26°C - 30°C (Ref. 1672)
Asia: originally occurring in the Mekong in Cambodia and Viet Nam and Chao Phraya basins (Ref. 43281). Introduced in the Mekong basin in Thailand and expected in Laos (Ref. 43281). A popular aquarium species which appeared in Colombia because of escapes from aquarium rearing facilities (Ref. 1739).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43281)
(total): 3 - 4. Trichopodus microlepis is distinguished from other congeners by having the following characters: body silvery or grey without distinct markings; dorsal fin with 3-4 spines; 57-65 scales on lateral line; 34-40 transverse scales; and length of dorsal-fin base 14.5-17.3% SL (Ref. 97359).
Obligate air-breathing (Ref. 126274); Found in ponds and swamps (Ref. 43281). Occurs in shallow sluggish or standing water habitats with a lot of aquatic vegetation. Common in the floodplain of the lower Mekong. Feeds on zooplankton, crustaceans and aquatic insects (Ref. 12693). An air-breathing species (Ref. 118402). Marketed fresh (Ref. 12693).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Builds bubble nest. Produces 500-1000 eggs.
Kottelat, M., 2013. The fishes of the inland waters of Southeast Asia: a catalogue and core bibliography of the fishes known to occur in freshwaters, mangroves and estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2013 (Suppl. 27):1-663. (Ref. 94476)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: highly commercial
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01660 (0.00714 - 0.03859), b=2.99 (2.80 - 3.18), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.40 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=500-1000 egss (Ref. 1672
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 141 [45, 626] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.46 [0.67, 3.41] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.7 [17.1, 20.1] % ; Omega3 = 0.33 [0.14, 0.80] g/100g ; Selenium = 43.1 [16.9, 103.4] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 32 [7, 127] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.34 [1.03, 4.55] mg/100g (wet weight); based on nutrient studies.