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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. The species is popular with fishkeeping hobbyists, and is kept frequently in aquariums. The species is part of family Cichlidae and is included in subfamily Etroplinae.
The species co-occurs throughout its range with the Green chromide (Etroplus suratensis). Orange chromides prey on the eggs and larvae of E. suratensis and also act as a “cleaner fish” removing parasites from the larger Green chromides. The species also feeds on zooplankton and algae.