Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Occurs solitarily in rivers, ponds and ditches. Also found in swamps (Ref. 1479). Feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects (Ref. 7020). Used for behavioral studies (Ref. 4537). Length indications of up to 8 cm in some publications are exaggerated (Ref. 89918).
  • Kullander, S.O. and R. Britz 2002 Revision of the family Badidae (Teleostei: Perciformes), with description of a new genus and ten new species. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 13(4):295-372. (Ref. 46238)
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Distribution

Range Description

This species is reported from tropical waters of India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal. In India and Bangladesh the species is reported from both Ganges, Mahanadi and Brahmaputra river drainage.
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Asia: Ganges River drainage in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, from Himachal Pradesh (Yamuna River) to the estuary; the Mahanadi River drainage; Assam lowlands close to Brahmaputra (Kaziranga, Gauhati, and Dibru River) (Ref. 46238). Also reported from Bhutan (Ref. 9418) and Pakistan (Ref. 52665).
  • Kullander, S.O. and R. Britz 2002 Revision of the family Badidae (Teleostei: Perciformes), with description of a new genus and ten new species. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 13(4):295-372. (Ref. 46238)
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Asia: Pakistan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7 - 10; Analsoft rays: 6 - 8; Vertebrae: 26 - 28
  • Kullander, S.O. and R. Britz 2002 Revision of the family Badidae (Teleostei: Perciformes), with description of a new genus and ten new species. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 13(4):295-372. (Ref. 46238)
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Size

Maximum size: 80 mm ---
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Max. size

5.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 89918))
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Diagnostic Description

The species has conspicuous dark blotch covering superficial part of cleithrum above pectoral fin base. Lacks a dark caudal peduncle blotch. Body depth 30.7-38.9%SL; interorbital width 6,5-8,3% SL; scales in lateral row 25-27; circumpeduncular scales 19-20; pectoral rays usually 12. Has a series of prominent dark blotches along dorsal fin base and/or a series of dark blotches along middle of dorsal fin; and has indistinct bars on side. Has a distal extrascapular (Ref. 46238).
  • Kullander, S.O. and R. Britz 2002 Revision of the family Badidae (Teleostei: Perciformes), with description of a new genus and ten new species. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 13(4):295-372. (Ref. 46238)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology

Occurs solitarily in rivers, ponds and ditches. Also found in swamps. Feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects. It lives in tropical freshwaters in temperatures of 23 °C - 26 °C, pH range: 6.0 - 8.0.


Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5 - 19
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Trophic Strategy

The neotype locality (India, West Bengal) was a stream more than 100 m wide and 0.7 m deep with slow to moderately flowing, moderately turbid, brownish water; situated in plains with rice fields; no plants along the bank, but submerse water vegetation; muddy bottom (Ref. 46238).
  • Mills, D. and G. Vevers 1989 The Tetra encyclopedia of freshwater tropical aquarium fishes. Tetra Press, New Jersey. 208 p. (Ref. 7020)
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Produces 30-100 eggs. Distinct pairing with embrace (Ref. 31218).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Badis badis

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Badis badis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 8
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Chaudhry, S.

Reviewer/s
Jha, B.R., Allen, D.J., Britz, R. & Vishwanath, W.

Contributor/s
Molur, S.

Justification
Badis badis has a very wide distribution and although it is extensively fished for ornamental trade, until further information is available on the impacts of harvest on the species, it is assessed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
The population estimates of this species are still unknown during capture conditions.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The species is extensively used in study of fish behaviour and used as aquarium fish.
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Least Concern (LC)
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Research into the species population trends and distribution.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
  • Mills, D. and G. Vevers 1989 The Tetra encyclopedia of freshwater tropical aquarium fishes. Tetra Press, New Jersey. 208 p. (Ref. 7020)
  • Talwar, P.K. and A.G. Jhingran 1991 Inland fishes of India and adjacent countries. Volume 2. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam. (Ref. 4833)
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Wikipedia

Badis badis

The blue perch (Badis badis) is a species of fish the in family Badidae of the order Perciformes.[1] It is a small, predatory fish that feeds on tiny invertebrates. Maximum length is around 8 cm. Sexual dimorphism is minimal, though males normally display stronger colouration and females may appear more rounded when gravid. Colouration is extremely variable and changes with mood, though typically the fins are blue and dark vertical bands are apparent on the flanks.

Historically the two genera that now make up the Badidae, Badis and Dario, were placed in the family Nandidae; this is no longer the case.[2]

Badis badis is of slight commercial value as an aquarium fish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Badis badis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved March 25, 2008. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2008). Badis badis in FishBase. March 2008 version.
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