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A new Badis perch

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 03, 2016 09:00 AM
Badis pancharatnaensis is a newly described species of Badis perch. Its scales are large and multi-hued. In combination with its showy iridescent fins and lovely crescent body form, B.pancharatnaensis is a real pint-sized beaut.

Type locality
Type locality
The Badis, sometimes referred to by aquarsts as a dwarf chameleon fish, is a small tropical perch from South Asia.

Badis badis is the most recognized species (and regularly available to aquarists). Badis pancharatnaensis is the newest species and represents the 23rd species of the genus.

The new Badis is found in reverine wetlands of the Brahma putra drainage at Goalpara district, Assam, India.  The wetlands are densely vegetated, as the accompanying photo shows.

Badis pancharatnaensis exhibits no sexual dimorphism, meaning the males and females look the same.  Badis  have been successfully bred in captivity.

The new Badis is described in Vertebrate Zoology.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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