Paradoxodacna piratica

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Paradoxodacna piratica
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Ambassidae
Genus: Paradoxodacna
T. R. Roberts, 1989
Species: P. piratica
Binomial name
Paradoxodacna piratica
T. R. Roberts, 1989

Paradoxodacna piratica is a species of fish in the family Ambassidae, the Asiatic glassfishes. It was described in 1989 and placed in a new monotypic genus of its own, Paradoxodacna.[1] It is native to Indonesia, where it occurs in Sumatra and southern and western Borneo.[2]

This species grows to a length of 9 centimetres (3.5 in) SL.[3] It has specialized teeth and retrognathous jaws: the upper jaw is longer than the lower. It eats the scales of other fish.[2] This habit inspired its species name, piratica.[1]

This fish lives in tropical streams and rivers.[3]


  1. ^ a b Roberts, T. R. (1989). The freshwater fishes of western Borneo (Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia). Mem California Acad Sci 14 xii+210 pp. (page 160)
  2. ^ a b Roberts, T. R. (1994). Systematic revision of tropical Asian freshwater glassperches (Ambassidae), with descriptions of three new species. Nat Hist Bull Siam Soc 42 263-90.
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Paradoxodacna piratica" in FishBase. December 2012 version.