Trichopodus trichopterus (Pallas 1770)

Other Names: Blue Gourami, Cosby gourami, Gold gourami, Opaline gourami, Three Spot Gourami

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Trichopodus trichopterus (Pallas 1770)

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Native to the Mekong Basin, South-east Asia - recorded from Laos, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia.

Feral populations have also been established in eleven countries due to ornamental fish being released into the wild.

The Blue Sumatran morph has been introduced into Australia and was first reported in 1998 from a sugar-cane irrigation channel and subsequently from freshwater lagoons associated with Sheep Station Creek the lower reaches of the Burdekin River (19°52'S, 147°15'E), and was subsequently recorded from the Barattas system adjacent to Sheep Station Creek. It has also has been recorded from the Aplin Weir, Ross River (19°18'S, 146°47'E), near Townsville.

Also known from artificial reservoirs, on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait.

Able to tolerate a wide range of ecological conditions and habitats, including freshwater, peaty and black waters, polluted to brackish waters – commonly inhabits swamps, rice paddies, road-side ditches, pools and ponds – stagnant or semi-stagnant waters less than 2 m in depth, with soft bottoms and emergent and floating vegetation.


DIanne J. Bray

Trichopodus trichopterus (Pallas 1770)


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CAAB Code:37453001


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