Butis Butis

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Order: Perciformes Family: Eleotridae


Type locality is ‘Ganges River, below Calcutta, India’, but this species is very widely-distributed throughout much of the Indo-Pacific with records existing from coastal waters of eastern and southern Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Mascarene Islands, the Seychelles, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, the Phillipines, Palau, Papau New Guinea, Australia, New Caledonia, and Fiji.


Generally inhabits coastal, brackish environments such as estuaries, lagoons, and mangroves but also known to penetrate tidal freshwater rivers to an extent. It tends to be associated with submerged vegetation or woody structures such as mangrove roots and is mostly demersal with substrates tending to be composed of mud or sand.

Maximum Standard Length

100 – 120 mm.

Aquarium Size

A single specimen can be maintained in an aquarium with base dimensions of 75 ∗ 30 cm or equivalent but larger quarters would be required by a group or if you wish to keep it in a community.