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Fish

Description:

Tiny dark chocolate coloured fish with bright yellow stripes on head and flanks.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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.

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3 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 days ago

I think Channa sp.

Mercy2
Mercy2 3 days ago

Same fish I found India.tamilnadu

Mercy2
Mercy2 3 days ago

Have you identified the fish name

SukanyaDatta
Spotted by
SukanyaDatta

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Aug 4, 2015
Submitted on Aug 4, 2015

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