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Tiny dark chocolate coloured fish with bright yellow stripes on head and flanks.
Cyclone Khomen had brought incessant rains and the drain outside my house was flooded...we were marooned. The water began to recede from yesterday and today I was mesmerized by specks of dancing gold in the rain water...turned out to be a school of tiny fish. The rainwater drain connects to 2 jheels (large lakes) nearby...it was clear these fish had been swept out of their homes. I dipped a big plastic bowl to fish a few but the entire school simply and synchronously descended a little deeper...I caught only two which I released after photographing. The last two photos show the shimmering effect of these fish in the waters they swam in.
Any ID help is welcome. I was watching the fish cluster when a gentleman taking his morning walk stopped to tell me these were baby Lyata mach (mach = fish) Lyata as far as I know is Channa sp. He said the mom was lower down...and the babies were clustering over her head. Sort of parental care.