The Clown Loach (Chromobotia macracanthus) is a tropical freshwater fish in the botiid loach family.
The Clown Loach has a long body with a downward-facing mouth with thick lips. It has four pairs of barbels (string-like projections) near its mouth, but the barbels on the lower jaw are small and difficult to see. It is reddish-orange with three thick, black, triangular, vertical bands. It has a red tail.
It measures 40-50 centimetres (16-20 inches) in length.
The Clown Looach is native to Indonesia. It prefers floodplains and rivers.
[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM