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  Boraras maculatus (Duncker, 1904)
  Family Name : Cyprinidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Fish)

  Synonyms : Rasbora maculatus

  Common Names : Dwarf Rasbora, Pygmy Rasbora

 
Dwarf Rasbora,Pygmy Rasbora
  • Description
    • Description :
      Body slender, reddish; a large, roundish black blotch in mid-body in front of dorsal fin, and a black spot each on the caudal base and above the anal fin. Dorsal and anal fins with blackish tips.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      This gregarious tiny fish is found in quiet forest streams with slow-flowing acidic water.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Freshwater
      Distribution :
      In Singapore, present in very few locations, and in small numbers in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Distributed in the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.
      Nature Reserves :
      Central Catchment Nature Reserve
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Loss of forest habitats. Unsustainable collection for the aquarium trade.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      A popular aquarium fish.
      Conservation Notes :
      Protection of the few streams frequented by this species from human encroachment (development, pollution and illegal fish collectors) appears to be the only effective way of ensuring its survival in Singapore. Efforts should be made to ensure that the aquarium trade is supplied with captive bred stocks.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Conservation Status :
      Rare
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Critically Endangered (CR)
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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