Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Danioninae
Etymology: Rasbora: Rasbora, an Indian word for a fish, also used in Malay peninsula. More on author: Steindachner.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5 - 12. Tropical; 23°C - 25°C (Ref. 1672)
Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins; Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo. Spread around the world through the aquarium fish trade (Ref. 2091).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4792)
soft rays: 8. A short blackish line present on each side along the base of anal fin, the line on both sides uniting behind anal fin and extending to base of caudal fin along the lower edge of caudal peduncle (Ref. 4792); narrow dark mid-lateral stripe on side; black stripe along middle of back (Ref. 43281); 13 predorsal scale rows; no red in caudal fin (Ref. 12693).
Found in lakes, swamps, slow flowing areas of rivers, usually in open areas (Ref. 27732, 57235). Seems to prefer habitats in forest (Ref. 56749). A common resident of surface waters in streams, canals, ditches and occasionally of reservoirs in lowland areas (Ref. 12693). Inhabits medium to large rivers, flooded fields and brooks of the middle Mekong (Ref. 12975). Feeds mostly on exogenous insects (Ref. 12693), also takes worms and crustaceans (Ref. 7020). Not seen in markets, but popular in aquarium trade (Ref. 12693, 57235).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Provisionally considered a brood hider. In captivity, this species spawns only in darkened aquaria and deposits adhesive eggs under an object on the bottom.
Roberts, T.R., 1989. The freshwater fishes of Western Borneo (Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia). Mem. Calif. Acad. Sci. 14:210 p. (Ref. 2091)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00589 (0.00273 - 0.01268), b=3.03 (2.84 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.39 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .