Oryzias dancena – Indian Ricefish
Oryzias dancena was officially described by Hamilton in 1822. The genus name Oryzias comes from the ancient Greek word oryza which means rice. A reference to the place where this genus of fish can be found regularly: the rice fields.
Over the years, this species has seen a few name changes. Synonyms are: Cyprinus dancena, Aplocheilus mcclellandi.
The Indian Rice Fish does not get that big. They can reach a maximum total length of about 3 to 4 centimeters. The body is light beige in color. The fins are transparent. The eyes are light blue-rimmed. This is a peace-loving strain that is best kept in a school.
The difference between the males and females can be seen by the dorsal and anal fin. In adult males, they end in somewhat longer filaments (threads). The male is also a bit slimmer than the females.
Bangladesh, India, Myanmar
John de Lange
An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges and its branches, pg 342-343 – F. Hamilton 1822