Chela laubuca   (Hamilton)  1822 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Baird, I.G.

Max. size: 17.0 cm TL; Body depth 2.8-3.6 times in SL.

Color: Shining silvery, base of caudal fin with a deep black blotch. A longitudinal stripe may be present on the body which extends to operculum where it surrounds a deep black blotch.

Body deep and greatly compressed. Abdomen keeled only between and behind pelvic fins. Pectoral fins large and wing like. Lateral line complete with 31-37 scales, lateral transverse scales 6-7/2-4 and predorsal scales 15-20. Dorsal soft rays (total): 10 - 11; Anal soft rays: 20 - 22. 17-21 branched anal rays.

Spawns at dusk or dawn in shallow water with about 30 eggs scattered at a time; egg hatch within 24 hours.

Synonym (s)
Chela(Chela) laubuca Silas 1958
Chela laubuca Gunther 1868
Cyprinus(Chela) laubuca Hamilton 1822
Cyprinus laubuca Hamilton-Buchanan 1822
Cyprinus laubuca Valenciennes 1842
Cyrinus( Cabdio ) dancena Hamilton-Buchanan 1822
Danio(Danio) menoni Barman 1985
Eustira ceylonensis Gunther 1868
Laubuca(Laubuca) laubuca Deraniyagala 1930
Laubuca(Laubuca) laubuca Deraniyagala 1930
Laubuca guttata Bleeker 1863
Laubuca laubuca Shaw & Shebbeare 1937
Leuciscus laubuca Bleeker 1853
Perilampus fulvescens Blyth 1860
Perilampus guttatus McClelland 1839
Perilampus laubuca Day 1869
Chela laubuca lankensis (non Deraniyagala) 1960
(Misapplied name)
Cyprinus laubuca Hamilton 1822
(Senior synonym)
Danio menoni Barman 1986
(Junior synonym)
Laubuca guttatus (McClelland) 1839
(Junior synonym)
Laubuca laubuca (Hamilton) 1822
(Senior synonym)
Laubuca siamensis Fowler 1939
(Junior synonym)
Leuciscus laubuca (Hamilton) 1822
(Senior synonym)
Perilampus fulvescens Blyth 1860
(Junior synonym)
Perilampus guttatus McClelland 1839
(Junior synonym)
Perilampus laubuca (Hamilton) 1822
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Herbaggi (Assamese)
• Laupotia
• Kara Adaya (Sinhala)
• Tatu Dandiya (Sinhala)
• Winged Rasbora (English)
• Cheblai (Assamese)
• Dorikana (Assamese)
• Laupattia (Assamese)
• Modoneekannah (Assamese)
• Layubuka (Bengali)
• Beckichela (Bengali)
• Indian Glass Barb (English)
• Indian Hatchetfish (English)
• Winged Danio (English)
• Dendula (Hindi)
• Dennahrah (Hindi)
• Barle (Kannada)
• Malli (Kannada)
• Mathiparal (Malayalam)
• Ulkut (Marathi)
• Bankoe (Oriya)
• Coonchelie (Punjabi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium; serves as poor man's food.)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine
Prey:  Insects and also takes plants.


• Maharashtra, Mahad INDIA (Record: 1993)
• INDIA (Record: 1993)
• PAKISTAN (Record: 1993)
• MYANMAR (Record: 1993)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1993)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1995)
• INDIA (Record: 1916)

Literature Source(s)
  • Menon, AGK (1999) Checklist: Fresh water fishes of India Occasional paper no. 175 ZSI, Kolkata 366 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Rama Rao, KV (1995) Pisces Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 483-506 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Nandi, NC; Das, SR; Bhuinya, S and Dasgupta, JM (1993) Wetland faunal resources of West Bengal, I., north and south 24-Parganas districts Occasional paper no 150 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 18264
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Sen, TK (1985) The fish fauna of Assam and the neighbouring north-eastern states of India Miscellaneous publication occasional paper no 64 Records of the Zoological Survey of Inida ZSI, Kolkata 1-216 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • Deraniyagala, PEP (1952) A Colored Atlas of some vertebrates from Ceylon Ceylon National Museum Publication 1 1-149 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Singh, DF and Yazdani, GM (1993) Ichthyofauna of Konkan region of Maharashtra (India) Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no 145 ZSI, Calcutta 46 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1916) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A.J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 3 455 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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