Aphanius dispar

Author: Rüppell, 1828

Aphanius dispar Rüppell, 1828

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Aphanius dispar (Rüppell, 1829) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: D 9-10; A 10-11. Scales in longitudinal series 25-28. Colour: male greenish-brown with blue spots on sides and 2-3 dark bands on caudal fin; female with dark vertical lines on sides. Size: to 8 cm (females) or 6 cm (males).

Habitat: marine shores; also in freshwater, even thermal. Food: see family. Reproduction: see family.

Distribution: Egypt and Israel; reported from a sulphur-producing lake in Cyrenaica, Libya (J. L. B. Smith, 1952). Elsewhere, some landlocked populations around the Dead Sea (subsp. richardsoni Boulenger); coasts of the Red Sea and near Indian Ocean.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.