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Painted Indian Glassy Fish.jpg
Indian glassy fish (P. ranga)

("Painted" specimen)

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Superfamily: Percoidea
Family: Ambassidae
Genus: Parambassis
Bleeker, 1874
Type species
Ambassis apogonoides,
Bleeker, 1851
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Parambassis is a genus of freshwater fish in the Asiatic glassfish family (Ambassidae) of order Perciformes.[1] The type species is the iridescent glassy perchlet (P. apogonoides).

These fishes originate mostly from Southeast Asia, but the species range across the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones, from Pakistan and India south through Indonesia, New Guinea, and Australia. Although primiarly found in fresh water, a few species can also be seen in brackish water.

The Parambassis species range in maximum size from 3–24 cm (1.2–9.4 in), but they are similar in appearance, with a lozenge-shaped form, typical perciform fins, and semitransparent or transparent body.

Several of the species are common food fish in local markets, and some (most notably the Indian glassy fish, P. ranga) are kept as aquarium fish.


The 17 currently recognized species in this genus are:[2][3]


  1. ^ "Parambassis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 5 December 2004. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Parambassis in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  3. ^ a b Geetakumari, K. & Basudha, C. (2012): Parambassis waikhomi, a new species of glassfish (Teleostei: Ambassidae) from Loktak Lake, northeastern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 4 (14): 3327–3332.