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Aplo male.jpg
Striped panchax (A. lineatus) of the golden variant
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cyprinodontiformes
Family: Aplocheilidae
Subfamily: Aplocheilinae
Genus: Aplocheilus
McClelland, 1839
Type species
Aplocheilus chrysostigmus
McClelland, 1839
  • Aplochelus McClelland, 1839 (Misspelling by McClelland)
  • Haplochilus Agassiz, 1846 (Unjustified emendation)
  • Odontopsis van Hasselt, 1823
  • Panchax Valenciennes, 1846

Aplocheilus is a genus of killifish in the family Aplocheilidae. Their native range is in South and Southeast Asia, from Pakistan to Vietnam and Malaysia, and from Nepal to Sri Lanka. Several species, especially the striped panchax, A. lineatus, are important aquarium fishes.


The name Aplocheilus is composed of the Greek words aploe meaning "simplicity", and cheilos meaning "lip".


The currently recognized species in this genus are: [1]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Aplocheilus in FishBase. December 2013 version.