Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
(Loaches) > Botiinae
Etymology: Ambastaia: Named for Ambastai (or Ambastus in Latin), a river in Ptolemy’s (ca. 90-168) (identified as the Mekong)..
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5 - 19. Tropical; 26°C - 28°C (Ref. 1672)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12693)
Body with black dorsal stripe; 7-8 branched dorsal rays; a black midlateral stripe, dispersed as a series of joined blotches posteriorly and connected by bars to dorsal stripe (Ref. 12693).
Asia: Chao Phraya and Mekong basins (Ref. 43281) and Maeklong basin (Ref. 58784).
Occurs in medium to large-sized rivers and flooded fields (Ref. 12975). Found in small muddy lakes and other standing water habitats. Active by day and often schools in some distance above the bottom (Ref. 12693). Feeds on aquatic invertebrates (Ref. 12693). Not fished commercially, but highly regarded as aquarium fish (Ref. 12693).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Rainboth, W.J., 1996. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. FAO Species Identification Field Guide for Fishery Purposes. FAO, Rome, 265 p. (Ref. 12693)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.33 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 (16 of 100) .