Species Details

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Megarasbora elanga

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Scientific Name : Megarasbora elanga
Family : Cyprinidae
Order : Cypriniformes
Class : Actinopterygii
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Rivers,Streams
Description : This fish is quite slender with a small mouth, and its jaw has noticeable protrusions and notches. It boasts a single pair of short rostral barbels. You can find about 41-43 scales running along its side. Its caudal fin is forked, and its pectoral fins are as long as its head.

In terms of appearance, it tends to be silvery, although sometimes it may have a grayish band running along its upper sides.

Here's the breakdown of its fins:

Dorsal: 9 spines, 7 soft rays
Pectoral: 15 rays
Ventral: 8-9 rays
Anal: 7 spines, 5 soft rays
Caudal: 19 rays
This fish typically grows up to 11 cm in length.

As for its habitat, you can find it in various water bodies such as rivers, pools, beels, and streams throughout Bangladesh. It's abundant in rice and jute fields during the rainy season.

When it comes to its diet, this fish prefers aquatic insects but also consumes algae and protozoa.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Zarin Tasnim, Department of Zoology,Universityof Dhaka; Information sources: www.fishbase.in, Encyclopedia of flora and fauna of Bangladesh(volume 23).photo credit and copyright:Rahman, A. K. A,www.fishbase.se. more information please contact with us.