Polota datnoid

Scientific name Datnioides polota
Descriptor Hamilton
Year of description 1822
IUCN category (World) LC
Family lobotidae
Genus Datnioides
Datnioides polota Datnioides polota


Datnioides polota, commonly known as Polota datnoid, is a fresh water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape

How to recognize the Polota datnoid ?

The Polota datnoid measures between 18 and 30 cm.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The Polota datnoid hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The Polota datnoid is a fish living in small groups naturally found at mid-depth. This species is carnivorous .

Although the Polota datnoid is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The Polota datnoid is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 26 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    7 - 7.8
  • gh (hardness)
    15 - 25

Biotope presentation

The Polota datnoid is most often found at a depth between 0m and 10m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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