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15) We are smaller than Ikan Bilis (Anchovies)


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Ikan bilis translated from Maly literally means “fish anchovy”.  It belongs to Anchovies family, tiny shape in size but full of iron and calcium in nutrients.  It is also an essential ingredient in a local delicious dish Nasi Lemak (coconut rice).  I would have thought that Ikan bilis is the smallest fish that I have known of, but surprisingly it is not true.
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Paedocypris is claimed to be one the smallest known species fish in the world.  It measures from 7.9mm to 10.3mm.  It can be found in Southeast Asia, where it appears in Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Schindleria brevipinguis, also known as ‘stout infant fish’ is the second smallest known fish in the world.  It can grow up to 8.4mm and it can be found in Austria’s Great Barrier Reef and Osprey Reff in the Coral Sea.
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Dwarf pygmy goby (pandaka pygmaea) is one of the smallest tropical freshwater fish.  Mature mail can grow up to 11mm, and the female to 15mm.  It is known as bia and tabios in the Philippines.

Author: Sydney Fong

Hi, I am Sydney, a Singaporean. Making a living as an Architectural Illustrator, 3d product designer and visionary. My blog entails categories of my interest, joy, upheaval of life and its destiny. Every post has its own characteristic. It conveys a story of its own, and the life of its owner.

18 thoughts on “15) We are smaller than Ikan Bilis (Anchovies)

  1. Hmmm… I love ikan billis… ,fried till dried then mix with red chilli and onion yummi.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes,

  2. hmmmn that one in the first photo… i love having it for breakfast, deep fried, with fried rice and egg and a hot chocolate drink ^^ yum

  3. But they are so TINY!! c

  4. Love our blog because I always learn so much!!! Excellent work! :D

  5. hmmm…I want to put them all in my aquarium(s)….I do love a good Caesar salad, though, so that top fella is in troubs…Great pictures and prose to match, Sydney. A breath of fresh air as ever. (for all the briny subject matter..hehe)

  6. In the Philippines, they call the anchovies “dilis”. And I love eating that. Mom always buys the fish from the Asian market here in the US.

  7. Interesting post; never knew about the other tiny fishes. I love ikan bilis, too. Fried ikan bilis with nasi lemak, yum!

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