Oryzias melastigma (McClelland, 1839)
Oryzias melastigma
photo by Mahalder, B.

 Family:  Adrianichthyidae (Ricefishes), subfamily: Oryziinae
 Max. size:  4 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic
 Distribution:  Asia: India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
 Diagnosis:   
 Biology:  Occurs in brackish waters and estuaries, usually in shallow lagoons and swamps among roots and mangroves along the margins of waters, and readily adapts to freshwater conditions and even spawns in freshwater (Ref. 41236).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   
 

 Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 16.09.08
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 28.10.11

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