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Malpulutta kretseri  Deraniyagala, 1937

Spotted gourami
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Osphronemidae (Gouramies) > Macropodusinae
Etymology: Malpulutta: A word from Sri Lanka; the fish was described by P.E.P. Deriniyagala in Kuriwita; it only lives in a shallow streams in Sri Lanka.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 5.5 - 7.5; dH range: ? - 20.   Tropical; 24°C - 28°C (Ref. 1672); 8°N - 6°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6028); common length : 2.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6028)

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Asia: restricted to south western Sri Lanka in Colombo-Galle-Ratnapura triangle. Was first recorded from Hettipola (near Kurunegala).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Restricted to forested areas and small, shallow, slow flowing silted streams with leaf debris and thick marginal vegetation. Stays close to the substrate and is very seldom found in unshaded waters. Feeds on fish fry, plankton and insect larvae. Bubble nest builder.

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Male builds the bubble nest. Spawns 100 to 200 whitish eggs in batches in the course of a period between 1 to 12 hours. Eggs sink to the bottom and both parents pick them up and place them in the nest, usually built under a submerged leaf, after fertilization. Eggs hatch in 2 days. Male solely guards the eggs and young until they reach free-swimming stage and are independent one week after spawning.

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Pethiyagoda, R., 1991. Freshwater fishes of Sri Lanka. The Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo. 362 p. (Ref. 6028)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.