Scientific Name: Etroplus maculatus
Tamil Name: Burotti
Desciption: Adults upto 8 cm. Color is silvery with 3 or more large spots on the sides. Brilliant in adult with orange sides and blue streaks.
Habitat & distribution: The Orange chromide (Etroplus maculatus) is a species of fish endemic to freshwater and brackish streams, lagoons and estuaries in southern India and Sri Lanka. Orange chromides prey on the eggs and larvae of insects hence act as a “cleaner fish” removing parasites. The species also feeds on zooplankton and algae.
Photo: Dr J D Marcus Knight