Pseudambassis ranga 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Ambassidae

Scientific Name: Pseudambassis ranga (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name(s):
English Indian Glassy Fish, Indian Glass Perch
Ambassis ranga (Hamilton, 1822)
Chanda ranga Hamilton, 1822
Parambassis ranga (Hamilton, 1822)
Taxonomic Notes: There is some debate over whether the generic status of this species should be Parambassis or Pseudambassis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-03-20
Assessor(s): Dahanukar, N.
Reviewer(s): Jha, B.R., Allen, D.J., Dey, S.C., Vishwanath, W. & Molur, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Pseudambassis ranga is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats; hence assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species is found in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, and Malaysia (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Orissa, Tripura); Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Thailand
Additional data:
Number of Locations:0
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Population [top]


This is an exceedingly common fresh water fish in the Indian region and adjacent countries (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).

Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits fresh and brackish waters.  It breeds everywhere during the rains. It attains a maximum length of 7 cm, seldom exceeding 5 cm, remaining appreciably smaller in captivity (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is widely captured for the ornamental fish trade.  It does fairly well in aquaria.  This delightful aquarium novelty makes a nest and guards its young  (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).  It has a higher value than other similar species.  The species is also widely eaten in India, and to a lesser degree in Nepal.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no known major threats for this species.  Threats to this species include habiat loss (loss of wetlands) and the ornamental trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

Further information is needed into the species ecology and habitats, as well as the impacts of habitat loss and trade.

Citation: Dahanukar, N. 2010. Pseudambassis ranga. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166569A6238277. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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