Trichogaster fasciata Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Banded gourami
photo by Vierke, J.

 Family:  Osphronemidae (Gouramies), subfamily: Luciocephalinae
 Max. size:  12.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 6 - 7.5; dH range: 4 - 15
 Distribution:  Asia: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and upper Myanmar. Widely transported around the world (Ref. 1739).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 15-17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-14; Anal spines: 15-18; Anal soft rays: 14-19; Vertebrae: 27. Body elongate and strongly compressed. Mouth small, slightly protrusible; upper lip papillose, especially in old males. Preorbital serrate in young specimen. Color greenish with oblique orange or bluish bars descending downwards and backwards from the back to the anal fin. Vertical fins with alternating dark and pale spots or bars; the anal fin often with a red margin.
 Biology:  Occurs in large rivers, estuaries, ditches, ponds (Ref. 4833) and lakes, generally preferring weedy environment (Ref. 41236).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.11.91
 Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 24.07.15
 Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 09.02.95

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