Asiatic glassfish

Asiatic glassfishes
This Indian glassy fish, Parambassis ranga, has been "painted" by injection with pink dye
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Superfamily: Percoidea
Family: Ambassidae
Klunzinger, 1870


The Asiatic glassfish are a family, Ambassidae, of freshwater and marine fishes in the order Perciformes. The species in the family are native to the waters of Asia and Oceania and the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. The family includes eight genera and about 50 species.

The family was formerly known as the Chandidae, a name which ITIS continues to use. FishBase notes that Ambassidae, which were named by Klunzinger in 1870, has priority over Chandidae, which was created by Fowler in 1905.

The Ambassidae reach a maximum size of about 26 cm (10 in). Many of the species are noted for their transparent or semi-transparent bodies.

A number of species are used as aquarium fish, noted for their transparent bodies. The has been campaigning since 1997 to stop the trade in these fish, and runs a global register of stores which have pledged not to stock them. More than half of the UK's aquarium shops have signed up and the fish are now less common in the UK as a result.


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  • Tan, Heok Hui & Kelvin K.P. Lim. (2011). A new species of glass-perch from Belitung Island, Indonesia (Teleostei: Ambassidae: Gymnochanda). Zootaxa 3085: 55-62.
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