15) We are smaller than Ikan Bilis (Anchovies)

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By courtesy of bilisrasamalaysia.com
By courtesy of bilisrasamalaysia.com
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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By courtesy of plus.google.com
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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By courtesy of animal.memozee.com
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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By courtesy of reklamadora.tumblr.com
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.

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

    meiro said:
    December 12, 2012 at 1:57 am

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

    Best wishes,
    mei

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Me too! I always look for Ikan Bilis when ever order from the food store! Hey! thanks for stopping by, you got a very gorgeous Blog, very impressive, nice to meet you! cheers!

        meiro said:
        December 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Nice to meet you too…thank you my friend.

        Best wishes,
        mei

    adinparadise said:
    December 12, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I remember blogging about this Paedocypris. http://adinparadise.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/blog-of-2012-award/
    They are so pretty. :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Oops, so co-incident! :)

        adinparadise said:
        December 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

        Hehehe. :D

    kz said:
    December 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    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

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks, Kz! we must be sitting side by side! :)

    cecilia said:
    December 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    But they are so TINY!! c

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Just like me! Lacking something which still searching! LOL! :)

    kelihasablog said:
    December 13, 2012 at 5:45 am

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

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Thank you so much!!!! :)

    Charron's Chatter said:
    December 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    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)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      You have to put massive, if not you wouldn’t be able to find them! Haha!

    renxkyoko said:
    December 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    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.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Yes, I love it too, you fried it , is amazing! :)

    Sharifah said:
    December 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

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

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks, Sharifah! :)

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