Scientific Name- Pseudeutropius atherinoides
Common Name- Indian patasi
Local Name- Patasi, Potasi
Habits and habitat
Pseudeutropius atherinoides fish is found in Ganga, Sone, Mahananda, Koshi and Adhwara group rivers and canals. It occurs in flowing water at substratum region and also found in standing water.
Body is elongated. It has silvery brown greenish colour with 3 longitudnal band on flank. A faint pale stripe along lateral line ending in dusky spot at base of caudal fin. It has black spot on nape and infront of dorsal fin, three pair of barbels and one pair nosal barbel is long. Anal fin is very long, but not confluent with caudal fin. They are small in size and milky white bright colour, is attractive in aquarium and draws attention of aquarist. It feeds on small crustacean, insects, daphnia, tubeifex, glassworm and plant matters. This species is fast mover, column and surface feeder. It likes to move in flowing water. It attains a length of 15cm.
- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore