Danio malabaricus

Danio malabaricus

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Ostariophysi
Ordo: Cypriniformes
Subordo: Cyprinoidea
Familia: Cyprinidae
Subfamilia: Danioninae
Genus: Danio
Species: Danio malabaricus

Name

Danio Hamilton, 1822

References

* Kullander, S.O.; Fang, F. 2009: Danio aesculapii, a new species of danio from south-western Myanmar (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Zootaxa, 2164: 41-48. Abstract & excerpt PDF

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The Malabar Danio (Devario malabaricus formerly Danio malabaricus) is a tropical fish belonging to the minnow family (Cyprinidae). Originating in Sri Lanka and the west coast of India, the fish has been circulated throughout the world through the aquarium fish trade. It grows to a maximum length of 6.0 in (15.2 cm).

The Malabar Danio is found in tropical climates in a wide variety of waters, from mountain streams to small pools, but it prefers flowing waters. They are an active, schooling fish that prefers to be in groups. Their diet consists of insects and plant matter.

Malabar Danios are egg-layers that spawn in shallow water after heavy rains among the plants growing at the bottom of the water. An adult will spawn around 200 light orange, sticky eggs that will hatch in 1 to 2 days. The fry will be free-swimming after the fifth day. The parents must be removed in order to prevent them from eating the eggs.

The species was earlier incorrectly considered a synonym of Devario aequipinnatus which is a valid name for a different species.

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