Pristolepis fasciata

Pristolepis fasciatus, commonly known as the Malayan leaffish, is a fish in the family Pristolepididae.[2][3] It lives in the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo, possibly also in southern India and China.[1][3]

Pristolepis fasciata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Family: Pristolepididae
Genus: Pristolepis
P. fasciata
Binomial name
Pristolepis fasciata
(Bleeker, 1851)

Catopra fasciata Bleeker, 1851
Catopra nandoides Bleeker, 1851

Anatomy and appearanceEdit

It can grow to 20 cm (7.9 in) total length and reaches sexual maturity at a length of 7 to 8 cm. [3] The body is stocky, high and heavily flattened on the sides. The mouth is narrow, small and only slightly protractile (can be pushed forward). It is collected for the aquarium trade and also used as a food fish.[1]


It commonly inhabits slow-flowing and stagnant waters in medium-sized rivers, lakes, ponds and swamps and is mainly found near the banks where there is plenty of vegetation. In the Mekong region, it migrates to flooded fields during the rainy season and back to its home waters during the dry season. It feeds on algae, parts of plants, fruits, seeds, aquatic insects and small crustaceans.


  1. ^ a b c Ng, H.H.; Abraham, R. (2019). "Pristolepis fasciata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T172329A60604437. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T172329A60604437.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke; R. van der Laan, eds. (31 January 2017). "Catalog of Fishes". California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2016). "Pristolepis fasciata" in FishBase. October 2016 version.