Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Aplocheilidae
Etymology: Aplocheilus: Greek, aploe, -es = simplicity + Greek, cheilos = lip (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 7.2; non-migratory; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 22°C - 25°C (Ref. 31272)
Asia: India and Sri Lanka. Often misidentified as Aplocheilus panchax or as Aplocheilus blockii.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41236); common length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41236)
Inhabits sheltered fresh and brackish water tanks, small streams and rivulets overgrown with vegetation (Ref. 41236). Valuable for mosquito control (Ref. 6028). Not a seasonal killifish. Is difficult to maintain in aquarium (Ref. 27139).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Seegers, L., 1997. Killifishes of the world: Old world killis II: (Aplocheilus, Epiplatys, Nothobranchius). Aqualog, Verlag: A.C.S. Gmbh, Germany. 112 p. (Ref. 31272)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5079 [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), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .