field guide to the freshwater fishes of singapore

Index of fishes
General parts of a fish
Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
  Family Cyprinidae
About the family in general

Genus Esomus
photo of whole fish, side view
Photo: Tan Bee Hong
Flying Barb
Esomus metallicus
Ikan Bada,
name in chinese characters

Primarily freshwater fish; 10 cm; oviparous;
omnivorous; gregarious; pelagic. Feral, uncommon. Rural streams, drains and ponds.

Like the Red-tailed Rasbora, this Thai fish has become established here probably because of the aquarium trade. It is very adaptable, and has been found living in small muddy ditches in open wasteland. The rather large pectoral fins probably help stabilise the fish during its occasional short leaps out of the water, e.g., to escape predators.
Freshwater habitats
Fishes in Singapore
Amazing Fishy Facts
About the guidebook
From A Guide to Common Freshwater Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre