Ambassis is a genus of fish in the family Ambassidae, the Asiatic glassfishes. They are found widely in the Indo-Pacific region, with species in fresh, brackish and coastal marine waters.

Ambassis macleayi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Clade: Percomorpha
(unranked): Ovalentaria
Family: Ambassidae
Genus: Ambassis
G. Cuvier, 1828
Type species
Centropomus ambassis
(Lacepède, 1802)
  • Austrochanda Whitley, 1935
  • Blandowskiella Iredale & Whitley, 1932
  • Konopickia Whitley, 1937
  • Priopidichthys Whitley, 1935
  • Priopis Kuhl & van Hasselt, 1830
  • Pseudoambassis Castelnau, 1878
  • Velambassis Whitley, 1935

This genus includes fish known commonly as glassies, perchlets, and common glassfishes.[1] The genus name was derived from the Greek anabasis, meaning 'climbing up'.[2]


There are currently 20 recognized species in this genus:[3]


  1. Ambassis. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  2. Froese, R. and D. Pauly, eds. Ambassis agassizii. FishBase. 2014.
  3. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). Species of Ambassis in FishBase. December 2012 version.

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