Aplocheilus panchax in USM Engineering Campus
Blue panchax

(source: fishbase, Compiled by SSK)

Aplocheilus  panchax 
 Family: Aplocheilidae , subfamily: Aplocheilinae
 Order: Cyprinodontiformes
 Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
 FB name: Blue panchax
 Max. size: 9.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment: benthopelagic; freshwater; brackish; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5.0 - 12.0
 Climate: tropical; 20 - 25°C
aquarium: commercial
 Distribution: Asia: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Indo-Malaysian archipelago. Reported from Nepal Cambodia, Viet Nam  and Sri Lanka.
 Biology: Inhabits streams, ponds, estuaries, ditches, rivers, canals , reservoirs and mangrove creeks . Usually found in shallow lagoons and swamps among roots and mangroves along the margins of waters. Prefers clear water in areas with dense growth of rooted or floating macrophytes (Ref. 12693). Sometimes occurring in hypersaline waters. Feeds mainly on insects  Utilized for mosquito control. Is difficult to maintain in aquarium  Rarely caught by commercial fishermen and not seen in markets
 Threatened: Not in IUCN Red List  () ,
 Dangerous: harmless
 Main Ref: Huber, J.H.. 1996.