Taxonomy

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Actinopterygii
Order : Perciformes
Genus : Etroplus
Species : suratensis
Author : Bloch, 1790

Description

Size: 70 cm SL
Dioecious, external fertilization, guarders, clutch tenders. Spawning throughout the year, but peaking once. After spawning, about 500 eggs are laid and attached to a submerged log, rock or sometimes roots and weeds, in still or slow flowing water. Parents guard and fan the eggs until hatching, usually about 4 days. The fry shoal around their parents during the first weeks of growth. Parents refrain from feeding from the time of spawning until the fry become independent.