Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Danioninae
Etymology: Chela: Bangladesh local name; macrolepis: Derived from the Greek macro (large) and lepis (scale) in reference to having larger scales than Chela atpar. A noun in apposition.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical, preferred ?
Asia: Chembarampakkam Lake in Tamil Nadu, India.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 97354)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 20 - 24. Can be diagnosed from Chela atpar by having complete lateral line with 35-40 + 1-3 pored scales (vs. 56-61+3-4), 23-24 predorsal scales (vs. 28-33) and 16 precaudal vertebrae (vs.17). Possesses also characters that indicate affinity to Laubuka and differs from all other species of Laubuka by the combination of the following characters: long, filamentous pelvic fin with 1+4 rays (vs. 1+5), longest ray reaching beyond anal-fin origin, usually to base of branched anal-fin ray 2 or 3, sometimes to base of branched ray 8; 16 precaudal vertebrae (vs. 14); 5,4,1 teeth (vs. 5,4,2) on fifth ceratobranchial; and humeral spot absent (vs. present) (Ref. 97354).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Knight, J.D.M. and K.R. Devi, 2014. Chela macrolepis, a new species of cyprinid fish from southern India (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 25(2):159-166. (Ref. 97354)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00330 - 0.01663), b=3.06 (2.87 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .