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#126 Sinarapan

Sinarapan, compared with the size of a 10-cent coin

The sinarapan (Mistichthys luzonensis) is the world’s smallest commercially-harvested fish endemic or native to the Philippines. They are found in the Bicol region in southern Luzon island, particularly in Lake Buhi, Lake Bato, Bicol River and other bodies of water in Camarines Sur province.

Sinarapan are a type of goby and they are transparent, except for the black eyes. The sinarapan is so tiny, they measure only 2.1-2.45 cm and have an average length of 12.5mm. The males of this species are smaller, shorter and more slender than the females. A school of sinarapan, approximately 100,000 to 500,000 individuals, swim at an average depth of 7 to 10 meters. If placed inside a tabletop aquarium, they live for only about 10 minutes

Today, the sinarapan are threatened with extinction due to overfishing.

Mabuhay ang sinarapan!

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