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Ambassis macleayi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Superfamily: Percoidea
Family: Ambassidae
Genus: Ambassis
G. Cuvier, 1828
Type species
Centropomus ambassis
(Lacepède, 1802)

Ambassis is a genus of fish in the family Ambassidae, the Asiatic glassfishes. They are found widely in the Indo-Pacific region, with species in fresh, brackish and coastal marine waters.

This genus includes fish known commonly as glassies, perchlets, and common glassfishes.[1] The genus name was derived from the Greek anabasis, meaning 'climbing up'.[2]


There are currently 20 recognized species in this genus:[3]


  1. ^ Ambassis. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  2. ^ Froese, R. and D. Pauly, eds. Ambassis agassizii. FishBase. 2014.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Ambassis in FishBase. December 2012 version.