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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.[1][2] The species is popular with fishkeeping hobbyists, and is kept frequently in aquariums.[2][3] The species is part of family Cichlidae and is included in subfamily Etroplinae.[1]

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.[2] The species also feeds on zooplankton and algae.[1]

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